Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Nov
21
Tue
2017
STEAM info session for Edinburgh-based applicants (King’s Buildings) @ Cafe, Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come along to this lunchtime meeting to find out more about applying for the STEAM Summer School!

STEAM is an innovative science communication summer school that marries science and art through practice. Attendees get involved with expert case studies, field trips, science slams, networking, and theatre performances.  Participants can be university students or professionals, researchers, educators, science communication practitioners, and science journalists.

There are four routes to applying to be part of the summer school:

  • Apply for a grant (University of Edinburgh staff and students only) by 27th November 2017
  • If you’re a national of a non-EU country, and not studying at the University of Edinburgh, you can apply for an international grant by 27th November 2017
  • Anyone can apply for a reduced rate, early-bird registration by 1st May 2018 (or full price by 4th June 2017)
  • Anyone in an EU country (including the UK right now!) can apply for an Erasmus + Mobility grant – info coming soon

Come along to this lunchtime session to find out more about applying through each of these routes and, if applying for a grant, how to make your application as competitive as possible.

 

Nov
27
Mon
2017
STEAM Summer School 2018 – 10 days of Science Communication Training
Nov 27 all-day

2-11 July 2018; Malta

Join us for a 10-days intensive training in science communication in Malta. STEAM provides training in science communication for university students, researchers, and educators and inventively marries science and art in science communication practice.

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply for a STEAM grant for travel, accommodation & fees (for University of Edinburgh staff & students only) due 27 November 2017
  2. Apply for a Eurasmus+ mobility grant for travel, accommodation & fees through your university (due date to be advised – but likely to be early February 2018)
  3. Pay to attend with an earlybird registration fee of €550 before 1 May 2018
  4. Pay to attend with a late registration fee of €600 before 4 June 2018

For more information see www.steamsummerschool.eu/register-steam or contact steam@um.edu.mt. Funded by the Erasmus+ programme, STEAM is led by the University of Malta, with the following partners: European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA, France), Haaga-Helia University (Finland), science communication company Science View (Greece), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

Nov
29
Wed
2017
Public Engagement Beyond Public Lectures!
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

*This is a two day workshop running on the 29th and 30th November and participants must attend both days*

All researchers are expected to do public engagement – to interact with stakeholder groups and/or wider ‘publics’ in order to increase the impact of their research. Public engagement takes different forms in different disciplines, but in all cases it is most effective when researchers talk with people rather than lecturing at them, when  we are open to hearing what other groups have to say.

This course gives practical guidance on how to go about such ‘collaborative conversations’ in a way that is relevant to your research. It builds on the principles of ‘dialogue’, which has proved a powerful approach to communication in public engagement and many other areas. Come to this course and you will:

•Learn to recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

•Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

•Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

•Start developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

Our training approach combines theory and practice. We will take you through a series of focused exercises, interspersed with short presentations and time for reflection, so that you experience a range of approaches and techniques you can then use in your future work.

Whether you are planning to engage with government bodies, business, product or service users or citizens, this course can help make you more effective. You will leave with a toolbox of skills and techniques that you can use (and refine) in a range of different settings, including – but not only – public engagement with research.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Recognise and address where your publics are coming from;

2.Build your skills in facilitating dialogue so that everyone is heard and contributes;

3.Think strategically about how to design dialogic public engagement activities;

4.Continue developing the skills to reflect and improve upon your engagement and other communication practices long after the course has ended.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (louise.mckay@ed.ac.uk).

 

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Storytelling Techniques for Effective Communication @ Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop is an introduction to using storytelling techniques for effective communication about research. It is ideal if you want to find a way to make your talks more engaging. It is suitable for both informal talks (e.g. chatting at drop-in sessions) and formal presentations.

We will look at what makes a story engaging (for example, anecdote) as well as at the variety of ways stories can be used to communicate research practices and findings.  You will learn simple ways of working with story structure and techniques for telling.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (louise.mckay@ed.ac.uk).

Dec
4
Mon
2017
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Dec 4 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Jan
1
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Jan 1 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Feb
1
Thu
2018
Voice and Presentation Skills Workshop @ Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will promote and enhance an awareness of what makes your voice interesting and sustainable. If you feel you are not using your voice to its full potential, or you are concerned that it is not as strong or expressive as you would wish, this course will help you to improve.

We look at:

•Pace

•Rhythm

•Clarity of speech

•Facial expression

•Projection

•Intonation

As part of the workshop, we will also look at how to use your body language to enhance your communication.

Please note that this workshop focuses on how you deliver rather than the content of your presentation or technical aids. It does not cover the use of PowerPoint slides, Prezis or similar.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

1.Warm up your voice and body effectively to develop and protect it

2.Recognise opportunities to use your voice with greater clarity and range of expression

3.Use vocal techniques and body language to enhance the impact of your presentation

Pre-requisites

Please bring a 5-10 minute prepared speech or presentation on any topic to deliver on the day.

University of Edinburgh staff and students can book a place using MyEd.

For Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University staff and others please book a place by contacting Louise McKay (louise.mckay@ed.ac.uk).

Feb
5
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Feb 5 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Feb
6
Tue
2018
Facilitation Training @ The Melting Pot
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your skills and confidence as a facilitator, meeting organiser or workshop leader.

We will look closely at what facilitation is, the role facilitators may play and how facilitating can encourage long term community development. The day will build the confidence of anyone keen to be a good facilitator and give them a solid basis on which to develop their own skills. You’ll take part in engaging exercises and discuss where you might or might not use them. You’ll look at ways to work with people in large and small groups and how and when to leave a group to their own devices. The day also covers the practical ‘tools and techniques’ that make meetings work.

People attending this course will learn how to:

  • Plan meetings and design them to be effective and enjoyable
    • Make a meeting, workshop or training session work well as facilitator or chair
    • Build a working relationship with an existing organisation or a group of individuals
    • Use appropriate tools and techniques
    • Develop facilitation work in ways appropriate to different communities
    • Deal with problematic situations
    • Evaluate facilitated processes
    • Develop their communications skills

(This is course gives you tools to use during your sessions. Our ‘Advanced Facilitation’ course looks more a power dynamics, privilege and rank when working with groups. See here for details)

Who should attend this course?

Talk Action have run this facilitation training skills course for over six years with consistently excellent feedback. The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people in formal or informal settings. Whether a novice starting out, or an experienced facilitator wishing to expand on their techniques, the course will provide a valuable insight into good facilitation

Costs

£425: Corporate/Large businesses
£338: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£195: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and self-funded individuals.

Tailored courses can be arranged for groups at a date and location to suit you.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us at training@talkaction.org for further details.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean vegetarian buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact:

Tel: 0207 324 4775
Email: training@talkaction.org

Mar
5
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Mar 5 all-day

Flexible 4-week online course – join when it suits you

This course will help you to:

  • Identify outcomes and develop an evaluation plan
  • Design a qualitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a quantitative evaluation for your public engagement activity
  • Design a questionnaire to evaluate your public engagement activity

The course has been developed by Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick), a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Contact Us

The Beltane Public Engagement Network
The Institute for Academic Development
1 Morgan Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 8FP

Phone: 0131 650 4874/4875
Email: info@beltanenetwork.org

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