Public Engagement Masterclass: Public Engagement in Transforming Times

Date and Time: 
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 12:00am to Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Blackboard Collaborate (Online)
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The Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement Masterclass – now in its fifth year – supports researchers from all disciplines who want to embed public engagement as a leadership quality in their career portfolio. The Masterclass will run from Monday 19 July - Wednesday 21 July 2021 (start and finish times tbc). 

About the Masterclass

The 2021 Masterclass will reflect on a year of significant transformation. The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives and put many issues and topics in the spotlight, including the role of science and research, how they are advanced, and shared. Misinformation has rarely been out the headlines, as people try and make sense of evidence and consensus versus conspiracy and conjecture. 2020 was also the year of Black Lives Matter, holding a mirror up to embedded prejudices and inequalities and calling for root and branch change.

Public engagement with research must reflect these big influences affecting society as well as the academic and research sectors. The weight of big global challenges is mixed with everyday concerns around balancing personal and work priorities. Online platforms have extended reach for many, while risking excluded others altogether. The rationale for why and how we build connections between research and communities has never been more important, and will underpin the narrative for our 2021 PE Masterclass.

Delivered by leading UK and European engagement specialists, including NCCPE Director Sophie Duncan, this virtual course will feature a mix of expert insights, inspirational case studies, practical sessions and bespoke support for every delegate to craft a personalised public engagement plan.

The programme is very participatory, and will help delegates consider their own context for public engagement with research, encouraging reflection, building knowledge and sharing tools for making tangible interventions in public and institutional settings. A focus will be on methods and enablers to bring high-quality public engagement to the heart of a successful research leader

Cost and bursaries

The cost of the course is £150 per delegate.

Limited bursaries are available (up to 50% reduction on the course fee) and are awarded on merit.

All applications for bursaries will be assessed on a competitive basis together with the strength of the Masterclass application generally. Applicants are encourage to explore training and development funds within their institutions ahead of making an application for a bursary.

Bursary deadline: 18 May 2021

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at researchers rather than public engagement or science communication professionals. Applicants must be active researchers (PhDs students, postdoctoral researchers level or above) at a research institute or higher education institution. The course is open to researchers from all disciplines.

How to apply

Applications are via and onlne application form. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit. The deadline for applications is 18th May 2021.

Find out more and apply here