Opportunities Calendar

Dec
7
Wed
2016
Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures! @ City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm

As a trial, this session of the course is FREE to staff and students from universities in Edinburgh!

dialogue-handbookTarget audience

  • Postgraduate research students
  • Staff (academic and professional) who are new to the principles of dialogic communication and facilitation

Open to all academic disciplines and members of any university, and to people working in other types of organisation.

Why take this course?

Researchers are now expected to do some form of public engagement – to interact with particular stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ – in order to to increase the impact of their research. The impact of public engagement is strongest when researchers talk with people rather than at them, and researchers are open to hearing what members of the public have to say. Come to this course to:

  • Get an introduction to the principles of two-way ‘dialogic’ communication
  • Build your skills in facilitating dialogic communication
  • Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities, including how to communicate with your research’s audience from the very start of your research project (instead of just telling them what you’ve done when it’s over)
  • Understand the difference between ‘dialogue’ (to increase understanding) and ‘deliberation’ (to come to a decision), and why both are needed
  • Develop the skills needed to reflect and improve upon your engagement practice and wider communication techniques long after the course has ended

Whether you’re planning to work with government, business, product and service end-users, or citizens, this course could help you make your engagement more effective. You’ll leave with a toolbox of skills that you can use in a range of different settings where two-way communication is beneficial, including (but not only) public engagement with research.

Feedback on the October 2015 session

 “Thank you for a wonderful course”

“Absolutely fantastic. Went above and beyond my expectations”

“I was impressed with how the content was delivered and pleased to learn that we would apply our learning as we went along”

“It was a welcoming environment where I felt confident and comfortable to learn”

“A brilliant starting point for public engagement”

“I came out knowing more about myself and how I communicate, and how to improve my communication”

 

Your trainers

Wendy Faulkner is passionate about people participating in decisions that affect them, and about the benefits of dialogue. New understandings and possibilities can emerge when people think and work together in a spirit of deep listening and learning, and where difference is respected. A former academic, she now works freelance designing and facilitating collaborative conversations, be they exploratory or deliberative, single events or staged processes.
 Her experience covers public engagement in research, community engagement, and collaboration with stakeholders. 
She has trained some 300 people in these areas, largely with Oliver Escobar, for the Edinburgh Beltane Network and other community and third sector bodies. Wendy has an enduring love of Scottish tweeds – hence her trading name Talking Tweed.

Email: wendyfaulkner34@btinternet.com

Oliver Escobar is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, a large research programme to improve public services and policy innovation. His areas of research, teaching and practice are democracy, politics, policy, participation and collaboration. He is on the Board of Democratic Audit UK, Beltane Public Engagement Fellow, member of the Scottish Government’s Participatory Budgeting Reference Group, Director of ClimateXChange’s Citizens’ Juries, non-executive member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Communications Board, and advisor to DRILL –the world’s largest research programme led by disable people. He coordinates the Citizen Participation Network, has trained and worked with hundreds of public engagement practitioners, and is involved in developing democratic innovations across various policy arenas in Scotland and beyond. He has led or co-led over a dozen research projects. His most recent research focuses on the interface between citizen participation and social inequalities (e.g. http://www.healthinequalities.net).

What Works Scotland: http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk

Oliver’s blog: https://oliversdialogue.wordpress.com

Twitter: @OliverEscobar

Dec
14
Wed
2016
Beltane Christmas drinks @ Levels Cafe and Lounge
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Exactly what it says on the tin! Whether you’ve participated in lots of Beltane-run activities, or have no idea what Beltane is but would like to find out more, please come along.

If we have time organise it, there may be some social engineering; either way, there will be festive cheer, drinks and nibbles.

 

Feb
9
Thu
2017
Research, Researchers and Media (February 2017) @ St Leonard's Hall,
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm

FREE to staff and postgraduate students from universities in Edinburgh!

The red light comes on and you’re live on air to millions of listeners. That’s the experience we replicate on this immersive three-day course in broadcast production. For that added touch of reality, we install you in one of the state of the art studios at the BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

You also explore the newsgathering process, producing video and radio reports for the evening news. There will be nowhere to hide as you work in groups filming, scripting and editing to tight deadlines.

And, from fairy tales to Star Wars, what makes a great story? In a workshop on narrative, we will uncover the essence of compelling storytelling and how to apply it to your own research.

Whether in the humanities, the arts or sciences, communicating your research matters. In this workshop we explore how to formulate your messages in ways that are relevant, fresh and engaging for diverse non-specialist audiences. This is not a straight media training course. We aim to go deeper than that by critiquing the processes by which ideas pass from academia to the living room. We cast you as the journalists, programme-makers and exhibition designers, bringing you face to face with the practises and pitfalls of the mass media.

There is a strong emphasis on group work, requiring an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in. There is a significant distance-learning element to the course three weeks before you arrive. Think carefully before signing up to this workshop. You will be required to complete around five hours worth of pre-planning online. This will be in a group structure meaning that it will not be possible to opt out of the course once the pre-workshop tuition is underway in February.

The course leader is Gareth Mitchell of Imperial College London and BBC Radio.

*Attendance of the full course is required*

Pre-course work

In the weeks leading up to the course, participants will be expected to collaborate online, preparing for the radio session at the BBC. With help from the course leader, tasks will involve programme planning, script writing and basic journalistic research. The involvement expected will amount to about five hours per delegate during the pre-course phase.

Venue information

Please note that this is a 3 day course and participation at all parts is required.

The main course venue is St Leonards Hall, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh but the final part (Saturday 11th February) will be held at BBC’s Pacific Quay Glasgow headquarters.

Please note that transportation will not be provided to the BBC Studios in Glasgow, participants will need to make their own way there.

Cost

This course is free to staff and postgraduate students from universities in Edinburgh. Individuals from other organisations are welcome, but need to pay the course costs (£500), plus any travel and accommodation costs.

Payment can be made using ePay, or via invoice (contact us for information).

Eligibility

  • Postgraduate research students from any university
  • Research staff (research-only and lecturers) from any university
  • Staff from universities and other organisations who support public engagement with research

This course is not suitable for undergraduate students, or for individuals looking for general media training which does not have an emphasis on academic research.

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Mar
27
Mon
2017
Managing Your Science Festival Drop-In @ 1.18 Paterson's Land
Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

So you’ve got a beautifully designed activity, a venue, and a team to deliver it. You’re science festival-ready, right?

Almost. There is an art to running a successful drop-in activity; it also requires common sense and some health and safety know-how.Come to this workshop to get tips and guidance on:

  • How to entice people into coming to your activity instead of just walking on by
  • How to engage different ages
  • Learning from visitors (there are some knowledgeable people out there!)
  • Preparing your opening chat
  • Managing busy and quiet times
  • Working in partnership with demonstrators
  • Health and safety (with a focus on working with vulnerable groups)

This workshop will be delivered by Eureka Edinburgh.

Eligibility

This workshop is aimed at individuals who will shortly be doing a drop-in at Edinburgh International Science Festival (or similar). Places are available free-of-charge to staff and students from universities in Edinburgh.

Jun
6
Tue
2017
Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures! @ 1.18 Paterson's Land
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

This session of the course is FREE to staff and students from universities in Edinburgh! Individuals from other organisations are welcome, but a charge applies.

dialogue-handbookTarget audience

  • Postgraduate research students
  • Staff (academic and professional) who are new to the principles of dialogic communication and facilitation

Open to all academic disciplines and members of any university, and to people working in other types of organisation.

Why take this course?

Researchers are now expected to do some form of public engagement – to interact with particular stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ – in order to to increase the impact of their research. The impact of public engagement is strongest when researchers talk with people rather than at them, and researchers are open to hearing what members of the public have to say. Come to this course to:

  • Get an introduction to the principles of two-way ‘dialogic’ communication
  • Build your skills in facilitating dialogic communication
  • Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities, including how to communicate with your research’s audience from the very start of your research project (instead of just telling them what you’ve done when it’s over)
  • Understand the difference between ‘dialogue’ (to increase understanding) and ‘deliberation’ (to come to a decision), and why both are needed
  • Develop the skills needed to reflect and improve upon your engagement practice and wider communication techniques long after the course has ended

Whether you’re planning to work with government, business, product and service end-users, or citizens, this course could help you make your engagement more effective. You’ll leave with a toolbox of skills that you can use in a range of different settings where two-way communication is beneficial, including (but not only) public engagement with research.

Feedback on the October 2015 session

 “Thank you for a wonderful course”

“Absolutely fantastic. Went above and beyond my expectations”

“I was impressed with how the content was delivered and pleased to learn that we would apply our learning as we went along”

“It was a welcoming environment where I felt confident and comfortable to learn”

“A brilliant starting point for public engagement”

“I came out knowing more about myself and how I communicate, and how to improve my communication”

Cost

This course is FREE for staff and students from universities in Edinburgh! This is a trial, and we may need to revert to charging if the no-show rate is high.

If you are not a member of staff or a student from a university in Edinburgh, the cost is £190. This includes lunch and refreshments on both days, and the course handbooks in hard copy.

Your trainers

Wendy Faulkner is passionate about people participating in decisions that affect them, and about the benefits of dialogue. New understandings and possibilities can emerge when people think and work together in a spirit of deep listening and learning, and where difference is respected. A former academic, she now works freelance designing and facilitating collaborative conversations, be they exploratory or deliberative, single events or staged processes.
 Her experience covers public engagement in research, community engagement, and collaboration with stakeholders. 
She has trained some 300 people in these areas, largely with Oliver Escobar, for the Edinburgh Beltane Network and other community and third sector bodies. Wendy has an enduring love of Scottish tweeds – hence her trading name Talking Tweed.

Email: wendyfaulkner34@btinternet.com

Oliver Escobar is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, a large research programme to improve public services and policy innovation. His areas of research, teaching and practice are democracy, politics, policy, participation and collaboration. He is on the Board of Democratic Audit UK, Beltane Public Engagement Fellow, member of the Scottish Government’s Participatory Budgeting Reference Group, Director of ClimateXChange’s Citizens’ Juries, non-executive member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Communications Board, and advisor to DRILL –the world’s largest research programme led by disable people. He coordinates the Citizen Participation Network, has trained and worked with hundreds of public engagement practitioners, and is involved in developing democratic innovations across various policy arenas in Scotland and beyond. He has led or co-led over a dozen research projects. His most recent research focuses on the interface between citizen participation and social inequalities (e.g. http://www.healthinequalities.net).

What Works Scotland: http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk

Oliver’s blog: https://oliversdialogue.wordpress.com

Twitter: @OliverEscobar

Jun
30
Fri
2017
Call for 2017 Explorathon Edinburgh contributors
Jun 30 all-day

Harmony Choir @ Leith Labs (Ocean Terminal) at Explorathon 2016

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 30th June at 5pm

Fancy sharing your research in a pan-European event? Explorathon 2017 takes place on Friday 29th September!

Explorathon is Scotland’s event for EU Researchers’ Night. Researchers’ Night takes place on the last Friday in September each year. It is a public celebration of research that takes place in more than 300 cities across Europe.

You don’t need to be funded by the European Commission to take part in Researchers’ Night, and you can be working on any area of research – the arts, humanities and social sciences are welcome.

The types of events that happen at Explorathon are varied. Traditional science communication, like ‘science busking’ and drop-by table-top activities, is a valuable part of it, but we’re also really keen to further develop other types of research engagement activity, including: informal conversations; storytelling; facilitated debates and discussions; co-designing workshops with community partners; theatre.

Our venues for 2017 will include the National Museum of Scotland (for a very special “Murder in the Museum” event!), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and Ocean Terminal.

Sep
5
Tue
2017
Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?
Sep 5 – Sep 30 all-day

Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?

Ulrike Knies-Bamforth is looking for someone to help her run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique. She needs one (or more!) people to help her advertise the group’s events through social media and other channels. Depending on your interests, you could also help with booking speakers and venues. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of running a series of public engagement events for adults!

What is Cafe Scientifique?

Cafe Scientifique is an open and informal forum for the public discussion of science and engineering! The cafe is committed to encouraging public engagement with science and engineering by hosting monthly Cafes in which expert speakers are discussing timely topics with an audience of non-specialists.

What happens at a Café Scientifique event?

The session begins with our guest speaker giving a 30-45minute talk about the subject. The key here is that it is informal. That means no need for PowerPoint or any visual aides, just the speaker addressing the issue. There is then a short break to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by discussion about the topic, initially taking form of a Q&A session directed at the speaker.

Why Have Café Scientifique?

Public engagement with science is an important issue as the lay communities’ understanding of topical science exerts strong influence over its boundaries and uses.
One only has to recall the MMR scandal in recent years to see how important the lay community is in the advancement and implementation of modern science, and how vital it is that we are all reliably informed.

Who attends?

Due to the nature of Café Scientifique our attendees come from all walks of life, all sharing a common interest in science.

Ok, so when is it on?

The café runs on the second Monday (occasionally alternative Mondays) of the month at the Filmhouse bar (Lothian road), starting at 8.30.

How much does it cost?

FREE! (although we welcome donations)

Hope to see you there!

Oct
4
Wed
2017
NUCLEUS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 8:30 pm

Nucleus

The goal of NUCLEUS is to identify and overcome institutional barriers for mainstreaming RRI (“Responsible research and Innovation”) in universities and other research institutions. At this year’s conference, the theme is “Facing the Challenge: Obstacles and Opportunities of RRI in Scientific Institutions”. We will present the findings from our interdisciplinary study conducted among academic leadership in Europe, China and South Africa, and introduce the Embedded Nuclei and Mobile Nuclei concepts that will implement new strategies in institutions around the world. We are expecting ca. 100 participants.

Note that for planning purposes and for discounted accommodations, early registration is advised.

Nov
20
Mon
2017
Beltane Twilight | Engaged Teaching and Learning @ Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
Nov 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue to be confirmed shortly

Beltane Breakfasts and Twilights are informal meetings where people from Edinburgh’s universities can come to find out more and share information about specific public engagement topics. At this Beltane Twilight, we’re looking at engaged teaching.

For the purposes of the meeting, we’re thinking of engaged teaching as where the teaching and learning is somehow linked to interactions with communities outside the universityin question. There is often an emphasis on learning though practical experience (AKA ‘experiential learning’).

Most of Beltane’s activities look at engaged research but, given the sometimes close links between research, teaching and learning, we thought it was time to look at engaged teaching!

Rough programme

4.30pm Grab tea and coffee

4.45pm Update from Beltane universities

4.50pm Guest speaker: Andrew Cross (Geosciences Outreach, The University of Edinburgh)

5.00pm 2-minute wonders [share your own experience and plans]

5.20pm Group discussion session 1

5.40pm Group discussion session 2

6.00pm End

Jan
31
Wed
2018
Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?
Jan 31 – Feb 25 all-day

Renewed call for volunteers! Could you help run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique?

Ulrike Knies-Bamforth is looking for someone to help her run Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique. She needs one (or more!) people to help her advertise the group’s events through social media and other channels. Depending on your interests, you could also help with booking speakers and venues. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of running a series of public engagement events for adults!

Want to get involved?

Please:

Meanwhile, you can find out more on the Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique Facebook page.

What is Cafe Scientifique?

Cafe Scientifique is an open and informal forum for the public discussion of science and engineering! The cafe is committed to encouraging public engagement with science and engineering by hosting monthly Cafes in which expert speakers are discussing timely topics with an audience of non-specialists.

What happens at a Café Scientifique event?

The session begins with our guest speaker giving a 30-45minute talk about the subject. The key here is that it is informal. That means no need for PowerPoint or any visual aides, just the speaker addressing the issue. There is then a short break to allow glasses to be refilled, followed by discussion about the topic, initially taking form of a Q&A session directed at the speaker.

Why Have Café Scientifique?

Public engagement with science is an important issue as the lay communities’ understanding of topical science exerts strong influence over its boundaries and uses.
One only has to recall the MMR scandal in recent years to see how important the lay community is in the advancement and implementation of modern science, and how vital it is that we are all reliably informed.

Who attends?

Due to the nature of Café Scientifique our attendees come from all walks of life, all sharing a common interest in science.

Ok, so when is it on?

The café runs on the second Monday (occasionally alternative Mondays) of the month at the Filmhouse bar (Lothian road), starting at 8.30.

How much does it cost?

FREE! (although we welcome donations)

Hope to see you there!