Public Engagement Masterclass

Applications are invited to attend the Public Engagement Masterclass 2016. This course will address the wider societal context of public engagement and how best to engage relevant public groups (e.g. community members, patients, school children, curious adults) with research.

Participants will improve their own communication skills, explore the dynamics of partnering with different communities, and be introduced to a range of tools to better measure the impact of their public engagement activities. 

This course is aimed at newly independent and other mid-career researchers. Applicants must hold a research-related position at a research institute (or equivalent) or higher education institution. The course is open to researchers from all disciplines, with a limited number of bursaries offered to researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. To optimize discussions and interactions between tutors and participants, numbers are limited; therefore, early application is advised.
Programme committee:
Karen Bultitude (University College London, UK)
Sophie Duncan (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK)
Steve Scott (Wellcome Genome Campus, UK)
Chloe Sheppard (Wellcome Trust, UK)

Topics will include:

  • The context for public engagement
  • Purposes and audiences
  • How to engage
  • Strategic evaluation
  • Making the most of partnerships
  • Community partners and patient groups
  • Cultural organisations
  • Evidencing impact: how does public engagement help?
  • Turning your plans into action
  • Making a case for public engagement

The Public Engagement Masterclass will be on 20-22 July 2016

Venue: Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Application & Bursary deadline: 10 May

For further information, visit the course website.