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This course will give an introduction to Public and Patient Involvement. You will find out about local support available in the region to help plan, deliver and build PPI into research, that will improve research for patients and services users and carers. This course will be delivered by Dr Amanda Stranks, PPI/E and Communications Strategy Lead NIHR Cambridge BRC Communications and PPI/E Department,

Have you ever imagined how your research might look and sound on stage? This is your opportunity to explore the world of theatre playwriting together with professionals from Menagerie Theatre Company. One participant will have the exclusive opportunity to get a funded place in a workshop for young writers with the chance to see their writing performed before an audience during 'The Hotbed Theatre Festival'.

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

Ever wanted to bring comedy into your public engagement projects? This is for you, as trainer Steve Cross helps researchers to improve their communication skills, build confidence and find creative ways of communicating their research.

The Engaged Researcher: Editing your Research Video new Fri 22 Nov 2019   09:30 Finished

Shot your research video? Got lots of video clips, photographs & audio you want to bring together to make one research video to share with public audiences around the World? Attendees on this course will learn how to cut, add soundtracks and do audio-mixing to edit their very own research video.

The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video new Tue 20 Nov 2018   09:30 Finished

Shot your research video? Got lots of video clips, photographs & audio you want to bring together to make one research video to share with public audiences around the World? Attendees on this course will learn how to cut, add soundtracks and do audio-mixing to edit their very own research video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Shooting Your Research Video session.

The Engaged Researcher: Engaging with Policy new Fri 6 Mar 2020   10:00 Finished

This session will be an introduction to Public Engagement and Policy. The session will start with a short introduction to Public Engagement and Stakeholder involvement. It will then focus on how researchers can get started in engaging with policymakers and explore synergies between governmental structures and higher education institutions in the UK. The session will be co-led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations.

Successful engagement with the public can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? Evaluation of engagement doesn’t just help us demonstrate the value of our PE initiatives but can help bring us closer to our audiences by giving the public a strong clear voice. This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; record Impact for REF; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with. This course is going to be run by Jamie Galagher: Jamie is an award-winning freelance science communicator and engagement professional. He has delivered training around the world, from skyscrapers of Hong Kong to tents in the African bush. Having had four years’ experience as the central PE lead for the University of Glasgow he has worked on improving the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every academic discipline. Specialising in evaluation Jamie provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders. Jamie is also an associate editor of the Research for All journal. He was named as one of the “100 leading practising scientists in the UK” by the Science Council and as one of the “175 Faces of Chemistry” by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He won the International 3 Minute Thesis Competition and Famelab Scotland. www.jamiebgall.co.uk @jamiebgall

The Engaged Researcher: Famelab heats new Mon 6 Apr 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

Hundreds of science communicators across the UK go head to head every year to become the FameLab UK champion. Are you interested in… Improving your communication skills, talking about your research with a public audience, joining a global network of science communicators and an all-expenses paid trip to Cheltenham Science Festival?

Please register to this event here: https://cheltenhamfestivals.wufoo.com/forms/x1rkhi9l0lsbx3e/

The Engaged Researcher: Finding Your Research Story new Mon 28 Oct 2019   09:30 Finished

We all love a good story- whether it’s the latest bestselling fiction book or a cheesy soap. And science is full of stories- stories of discovery, of persistence, of hope. Finding these stories can help take your public engagement to the next level, whatever medium you use to communicate.

The Engaged Researcher: Finding Your Research Story new Tue 22 Jan 2019   09:30 Finished

We all love a good story- whether it’s the latest bestselling fiction book or a cheesy soap. And science is full of stories- stories of discovery, of persistence, of hope. Finding these stories can help take your public engagement to the next level, whatever medium you use to communicate.

What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

This workshop introduces how to design an effective impact evaluation.

This short course covers the what, why and how of public engagement and communication. The course is for research staff and PhD students who want to gain the skills and confidence required to plan and deliver an impactful public engagement project.

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

This course will cover how to use Social Media tools for Public Engagement. The course will be delivered by the Social Media and AV team.

The Engaged Researcher: Media training Tue 21 Jan 2020   10:00 Finished

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews. It will be delivered jointly with the University Communications team

The Engaged Researcher: Media training new Fri 7 Jun 2019   10:00 Finished

This course gives an introduction into how to engage with the public through media. It will cover the differing types of media, what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the communications office to gain media coverage, what to expect from an interview (print, pre-recorded, live) and how to communicate well in interviews

Animations can be a powerful tool to convey a message and to capture your audiences attention and interest. By bringing movement into your visualisation you add a new dimension to your visual storytelling and the process can be incredibly creative. This course will introduce you to a range of animation techniques using simple techniques to get you started on animating your own research. No previous knowledge or special equipment required.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to animation with instructions on how to work on your own animation throughout the week

Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise

Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

This week-long training will focus on Public Engagement and Policy. The week will start with a first session introducing the policy sector, possible forms of policy collaboration for researchers and professionals, the skills and competences needed and practical tips to immediately start your policy engagement. Because of the current context requiring many of us to work from home, the second session will be specifically dedicated to „branding“ yourself online when reaching out to relevant policy actors. The third session will consist of an interactive meeting during which participants will pitch their research to stress its policy relevance. Instructions will be circulated during the week. There will also be available slots for personal and group mentoring. The training is open to early and mid career researchers and professional staff willing to enhance their understanding of policy engagement.

This training will be led by Dr. Maja Spanu, a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in Cambridge and postdoc lead for Humanities and Social Science fort the University’s Public Engagement Advisory Group.

Structure of the session: Monday 11 am-11.45 am: Session I Introductory Session + Q&A Tuesday 11 am: Dissemination of written instructions on Teams platform for Friday’s session on ‘pitching your research’. Available to answer questions on Teams’ chat Wednesday 11 am-11.45 am; Session II Branding: Linkedin and CV + Q&A Thursday 11am-12pm or 3pm-4pm: Mentoring: available for two one-hour sessions for direct advice on personal branding and other Q&As. Join the conversation! Friday 2pm-3.15pm: Session III Pitching your Research: Interactive session with pitching + participants’ feedback

What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

You don’t think you are creative? Think again! This course is all about discovering easily accessible methods of visual storytelling to make your research more engaging. Visualisations are key to successful research story telling (and often research processes itself). They can help engage wide audiences effectively as well as communicate research quickly and intuitively to a wide range of audiences. This course is an introduction to a variety of different approaches to visual research storytelling. Topics range from images for social media to visual abstracts for publications. The trainer is working with you personally to develop your new creative skills and to get started with your very own research visualisation.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to using and producing visualisations for your research Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase and presentation of the produced animations

Please note that a separate training focusing on the use of animations for research story telling is being offered as part of the Engaged Researcher Online Training.

We’ll be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and introducing researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project. Topics: • The what: definitions of public engagement, who are the public, what activities count as engagement, what are the goals? • The why: University commitment to PE, REF, Funders • The how: the Logic Model approach to planning PE, practical considerations, moving engagement online and opportunities at the University.

Course structure: Monday 10am-11am: Introduction to PE Wednesday 10am-11am: Evaluation and online PE tips and hints and opportunities at the University Friday 10am-noon: Do you have any questions? 1:1 advice sessions (optional)

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Mon 20 Jul 2020 10:00 [Full]

Children are our next generation of researchers and as an audience for Research Engagement, they can be both rewarding and challenging. More than ever, online content plays an important role in reaching and inspiring children of different age groups for research. With so much content already out there how to make new and relevant content online? What are parents and teachers looking for? What safeguarding considerations should you have? This course will aim to answer these and other questions and provide guidance in creating content.

Monday session 1: - Introduction to producing engaging online content with children and instructions on how to develop the project throughout the week Wednesday Session 2: - Mentoring time for questions or one-on-one advise Friday Session 3: - showcase of the projects

Capturing your audience’s attention and keeping it is vital for any type of public engagement. Having a good story to tell and then telling it in a compelling way enables you to connect with a wide audience. This module takes you through the art and science of storytelling: exploring attention and motivation, dramatic structure, rhetorical devices, visual enhancements, and peripheral influences so that you can craft your own engaging story.

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A research video can be a great way to get your message across to your collaborators, your friends, and the wider world as well as being a condition of some funding bodies. But it isn't easy to do well - and this is where this course will make a difference. Come along and learn the skills needed to plan, shoot & edit high quality footage for research videos so that your video can stand out from the crowd. You just need yourself, a camera phone and your enthusiasm!

What is in Impact? This course is going to disentangle academic and non-academic impact. It will explore the current research environment and impact agenda and help you understand how research is funded. You will get to discuss your research in small groups, and think about the types of impact it could generate. You will also understand where Public Engagement sits in the wider Impact agenda. You will have the opportunity to analyse impact cases studies that featured Public Engagement as a pathway to Impact. (Lunch will be provided)

In this hands-on session, we will be working in teams to develop pitches and prototypes for interactive experiences based on our research. You will be guided through the process of ideas generation, modelling, and playtesting, and we will conclude by pitching our game designs to each other. These games can be analogue or digital, and no previous or coding experience is required. However, you must have attended the introduction session ‘Game Changers: Using Game Design to Promote Playful Engagement with Academic Research’.

The Engaged Researcher: Public Engagement Seminar new Tue 5 Feb 2019   12:30 Finished

Come to this Public Engagement Seminar to hear about an inspirational patient and public involvement (PPI) project from one of your colleagues in the University, Dr Anna Spathis. The PPI project won a prize at the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's public engagement with research awards.

This is also an opportunity to network with others interested in Public Engagement and to talk to a member of the Public Engagement Team.

Why not bring your lunch with you?

This 2 hour workshop will discuss "why does research matter and how do we share it?"

This workshop provides top tips and guidance on developing an impact evaluation survey that is robust. This will include helping participants identify and avoid common pitfalls in impact evaluation questionnaire design, as well as accounting for key issues such as representative sampling. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own survey questions with feedback and support during the workshop.

The Engaged Researcher: Research story telling new Thu 18 Jun 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

The course will explore key components of narratives that create persuasive and memorable stories.

The Engaged Researcher: Research Video: Social Media new Tue 26 Feb 2019   09:30 Finished

Everyone is watching video on Social Media these days. So it is a great place to share your research. Learn about the best ways to create & upload video for, as well as go live on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You just need yourself, a smartphone and your enthusiasm!

The Engaged Researcher: Shooting Your Research Video new Tue 13 Nov 2018   09:30 Finished

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

Why is YouTube popular? Because people love watching videos. A video is a great way to spread the message of your research to different public audiences across the World! Attendees will be equipped with the skills needed to plan and shoot high quality footage for your very own research-video.

It is strongly recommended that you also attend The Engaged Researcher: Editing Your Research Video session.

(Lunch will be provided)

The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Wed 6 Nov 2019   09:30 Finished

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

The Engaged Researcher: Telling Your Research Story new Tue 30 Apr 2019   09:30 Finished

Whether at a conference, a science festival or in the pub, all scientists need to be able to talk about their work in an engaging and understandable way. This practical, hands-on session will help scientists develop their communication skills, so they are confident talking to diverse audiences in a range of environments.

Stories weave together fact and emotion, helping people to understand the world. They can also be a powerful tool for you to share your research with the public.

This whole day workshop run by the internationally acclaimed Story Collider, will help you to understand how narrative can enrich your science engagement. Through a combination of creative techniques and empirical science, you will brainstorm, develop and refine your own research stories.

The Engaged Researcher: Working with Museums new Thu 23 Apr 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

Museums and collections are so much more than the objects they house. They are places of research, education and engagement, and they are open to members of the public in ways that departments and colleges are not. They can allow researchers to reach a range of diverse audiences. This training session will give you an insight into the breadth of activity ongoing at University of Cambridge Museums and how it could relate to your research and public engagement plans. After this training you will have a better understanding of the opportunities to work with museums.

The Engaged Researcher: Working with Schools new Wed 27 May 2020   10:00 Finished

This short course will provide you with information about the UK school system, the reality of working with a school. It will cover ways in which the University already works with schools and how you can get involved. The course will help you decide whether working with schools is the right PE activity to achieve your intended outcomes. Finally, it will also provide you with a range of ideas of how to engage with schools and how to plan an activity. This course will be delivered with the Widening Participation team

Understanding Open Data new Tue 28 Apr 2020   10:00 CANCELLED

Conclusions without supporting data are just claims. More and more researchers are sharing their data to improve reproducibility, get more citations and spark collaborations, yet the process can be daunting. We will explore the benefits of sharing data, as well as any concerns you might have, and give you practical tips and tools to ensure that you make the most of the opportunity to open up your data for the world.

Using Rhetoric to Improve the Impact of Communication new Tue 14 Apr 2015   09:30 Finished

Rhetoric is the language that we use to enhance the impact of what we say. It can be applied in all instances when we communicate, including scientific writing and oral presentations.

This one-day workshop will be looking at the theories and skills of rhetoric, with opportunities to analyse, experiment with and experience their impact on communication. Focussing on writing and oral presentations, this workshop will look at the broad application of rhetoric from the principles of Aristotle, through to their contemporary use by figures such as Barack Obama. After learning about some tools and techniques, participants will look at examples and case studies, and apply them to examples of their own writing and oral presentation with group peer review and feedback.

Details of Information covered:- • Aristotle and Rhetoric (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) • The Canons of Rhetoric (Invention, Arrangement, Style, Memory, Delivery) • Tricks and strategies (repetition, power of 3 etc) • Looking in detail at 4 different speeches and what makes them successful (Ken Robinson, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, and a TED talk of a Biochemist)

This evening seminar will focus on what it takes to be a good leader and team manager in a research group – from recruiting the right people, through communication skills, building professional relationships and motivating others, to problem and conflict resolution. Researchers at different stages of their career will share their own experiences and Sharon Saunders will describe training available for University members as well as sharing preliminary findings of what advice new group leaders give to postdocs. The questions and discussions will be followed by a drinks reception, providing the opportunity for ongoing discussion with the speakers and attendees.

Working Across Cultures new Fri 29 Sep 2017   09:30 Finished

Working Across Cultures: A Practical Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Have you considered how culture may be influencing your professional relationships and interactions? Do you know which factors to consider when dealing with other nationalities? Are you using to your advantage what you may have already noticed or experienced? The workplace today is truly international in composition and intercultural competency is an invaluable and positive addition to your skill set.

This half day session is an introduction to the field of intercultural communication with an emphasis on practical application and developing self-awareness. It is a fun, engaging, relevant topic that will enable you to work more confidently and effectively with any nationality. You will become familiar with key variations across national cultures, so that you can recognise if/when and why cross-cultural misunderstandings are occurring, as well how to be more flexible in your approach.

You can expect a mixture of trainer-led content, as well as interactive exercises in pairs and small groups

Writing and Publishing a Research Paper new Tue 27 Sep 2016   10:00 Finished

This day workshop will help you publish your research paper in the most effective way, so that many people will read, cite and build on it, thus progressing your career. The course is for PhD students and postdocs at any stage, whether or not you have already written or published a paper. It focuses on how to write your research paper, how to navigate the peer review process and how to choose a journal for it.

Trainer

Anna Sharman PhD is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant. She can give insider insights into how to write and publish scientific journal papers most effectively.

Cancellation and Non-attendance Policy

Due to high demand the GSLS will not accept cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the course. Cancellations must be registered by 10am on Sunday 25th September. Any cancellations after this point will be treated as non-attendance.

Non-attendance on this course will result in you being invoiced for £50 to cover expenses.

By booking on this course you are accepting these terms.

Writing and publishing a research paper new Wed 20 May 2015   10:00 Finished

The course will help you understand what scientific journals want, how to navigate the peer review process, how to choose the journal that will give you the best results as fast as possible, and how to structure and write your paper. You will get a chance to work on your own next paper, putting together key sentences into a structure and abstract.

Anna Sharman is an experienced researcher trainer who has been an in-house biology journal editor and scientific publishing consultant, can give insider insights into how to publish most effectively. See http://cofactorscience.com/about-us/editors-consultants#anna

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