Conversations That Matter

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September 29, 2014 @ 9:30 am – September 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Cedar Room
Edinburgh Conference Centre
Heriot-Watt University, Currie, City of Edinburgh EH14 4AS
£116.50 (universities in Edinburgh); £233 (everyone else). Bursaries available.
Beltane Network
0131 650 4874/5
Bursaries are available to those who cannot pay and who are from a university in Edinburgh. Bursaries are primarily for students. Please complete and return the bursary form.
Academia tends to equip researchers for speaking at people – whether it’s to lecture or to present one’s research. Yet much of the work we do requires talking with people – collaborating in teams or with other groups, and engaging stakeholders or wider publics in our research.
‘Conversations That Matter’ is about the skills and insights needed to participate in and/or facilitate such conversations so that everyone is heard and contributes. You will learn to think from where others are coming from, to make it safe for people to speak openly, and to plan processes that really can enhance mutual understanding and promote dialogue.
Dialogue has proved a powerful approach to communication in public engagement and many other areas –for instance, conflict mediation, policy-making, community work, education and team leadership. This course gives practical guidance on how to go about facilitating dialogue in a way that is relevant to your academic work.This course is delivered by Dr Oliver Escobar and Dr Wendy Faulkner.


This course is open to anyone who engages the public with academic research, or who would like to do so.

Book Your Place

Places can be booked using debit or credit card through ePay, the University of Edinburgh’s online payment system.

If you are unable to pay by card, we may be able to invoice your academic department. Please email if you need this.

Other Information

This course has previously been called ‘Making Conversations Count’ and ‘Dialogue Techniques For Public Engagement’. The content is largely unchanged, so we do not suggest attending again unless you need a refresher.