Beltane Public Engagement Network

Opportunities Calendar

Aug
29
Wed
2018
@ B.09 (Institute for Academic Development)
Aug 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for Explorathon student volunteers and others who are new to engaging members of the public with their research. It is an ission which looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

It is suitable for researchers working on any research topic.

This session will be delivered by Briony Curtis, an experienced freelance public engagement practitioner.

 

Explorathon 2018 Communications Toolkit @ Institute for Academic Development
Aug 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for 2018 Explorathon student volunteers and others who are new to engaging members of the public with their research. (Depending on demand, others are also welcome to attend – please email info@beltanenetwork.org to inquire.)

It is an interactive session which looks at:

– Reasons to communicate (with different publics)

– Thinking about your audience in terms of who they are, their motivations for being there, how to facilitate a good experience

– Various tools to build a narrative e.g. simple structures, jargon busting, use of questions, signposts, body language

It is suitable for researchers working on any research topic.

This session will be delivered by Briony Curtis, an experienced public engagement practitioner.

Aug
30
Thu
2018
Explorathon 2018 Storytelling Training @ Scottish Storytelling Centre
Aug 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:45 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.

This training is delivered by staff of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Explorathon 2018 Storytelling Training @ Scottish Storytelling Centre
Aug 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:45 pm

This workshop is aimed primarily at Explorathon 2018 participants, but others are also welcome to attend if there is capacity. Please email info@beltanenetwork.org before booking if you are *not* planning to take part in Explorathon.

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.

This training is delivered by staff of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Sep
3
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Sep 3 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.

Sep
7
Fri
2018
Standing up for Science
Sep 7 all-day

We are hosting our next ‘Standing up for Science’ workshop at the University of Edinburgh on Friday 7th September.

This *free* workshop is aimed at early career scientists, engineers, medics and social scientists (PhDs, post-docs or equivalent welcome). At these day-long events, participants get the chance to hear directly from and ask questions of: researchers who have interacted with the media, science journalists, and policymakers. It is an opportunity to learn how the media works, how evidence can inform policy, what journalists and policymakers want and need from researchers, and how to involve the public in communicating your research.

It would be great if you could share these details with early career
researchers across your networks and encourage them to apply. I’ve included some suggested tweets, and please see our website for more details http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/voys-workshop/. The deadline is *5pm 23rd August.*

Please do get in touch if you would like more information about this event.

An Introduction to Designing Interactive Activities @ Room 5327 (5th floor)
Sep 7 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

This training session is for you if you need help designing interactive public engagement activities. It is open to anyone doing research at the University of Edinburgh. (If we are unable to fill the course from the University of Edinburgh, we’ll open it up to other universities in Edinburgh.)

Do you want to turn an idea from your research into an activity involving members of the public? Maybe a game, a quiz show, a dance or even a magic trick? If you’re not sure where to start, join us for this workshop by David Price. David has 20 years experience of designing interactive engagement activities and is a LAMDA-trained public speaker.

As far as possible, example activities will be picked to suit the interests of participants.

This is a pilot workshop which the Instiute for Academic Development may run more regularly in the future, subject to evaluation.

Programme

9.30am Introduction, elevator pitch, communication tips and example activities

10.50am Break

11.00am Learning styles, activity design, using props and your body well

12.40pm Lunch

1.25pm Practice activities and elevator pitches to the rest of the group

4.00pm End

Registration

If demand is high, we may need to allocate places based on who seems like they would benefit the most. We aim to confirm that you have a place no later than one week before the course.

Oct
1
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Oct 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.

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Save the date! | Royal Society training @ Central Edinburgh - tbc
Oct 24 all-day

The Royal Society will be in Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th October to deliver their training “An Introduction to Public Engagement”. This will be a workshop with a limited number of spaces available to each of the Edinburgh universities. More information coming as we get it!

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Public engagement evaluation training (Methods for Change)
Nov 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.

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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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