Research Communication in Action – Food and Drink Special

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June 10, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Postgraduate Centre
Heriot-Watt University
City of Edinburgh EH14 4AS
£20 refundable deposit
Iona Beange, Midlothian Science Festival

This training opportunity is especially for food and drink researchers.

Tell the public about your research by getting involved in ‘Research Communication in Action’ – an effective 4-step process to get you communicating with ease, and having fun at the same time!

The Process

1) Training Day, 10th June, 9.30am-1.30pm, Room PG202, Postgrad Centre, Heriot Watt University

2) Mentoring to produce a hands-on activity about your research (meetings scheduled with you)

3) Delivery at one or more science festivals:

  1. Orkney Science Festival – 6th September  2014 (travel and accommodation provided)
  2. Schools event at Physiological Society Topic Meeting on Obesity, 12th Sep, Newcastle (travel provided)
  3. Midlothian Science Festival – 18th or 19th October 2014, date TBC (travel provided)
  4. Dundee Science Festival – Festival runs 1st-16th Nov, date TBC (travel provided)

4) Reflection / Evaluation Session – a brief 1.5 hour session looking back on what you have done and achieved, and how to improve on it next time.

At the end of the process, you will have an activity that you can use and adapt again and again, as well as the communications skills, confidence and experience to present it.


This training and process is open to anyone who researches ANY aspect of Food or Drink research, from psychology through biology to engineering – if it is related to food or drink in any way you are included!

If you already have a hand-ons activity suitable for families and would just like to do the delivery aspect, please email Iona Beange on Please also contact Iona if you are interested but cannot make the training session.


A deposit of £20 is taken to demonstrate your commitment to the process of training, delivery and evaluation. This will be returned to you in Nov/Dec 2014 upon completion of the process.

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Further Information

‘Research Communication in Action’ is offered in conjunction with the Beltane Public Engagement Network and Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education, who developed this framework and have shown its effectiveness.

Funding for this Food and Drink Roadshow and training has been received from:

  • The Scottish Government as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014
  • The Physiological Society