This course type is lecture

Public Engagement Masterclass

20 - 22 July 2016Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    Public engagement is increasingly important for researchers, and
    understanding its relevance and being able to develop a plan of
    activities to engage the public with your research and evidence its
    impact are key skills to acquire. This course aimed at newly independent
    and other mid-career researchers and will provide the opportunity to
    explore the role of engagement and how you and your group can engage with
    non-specialist publics outside academia in an effective and rewarding

    The programme will address the wider societal context of public
    engagement with research and how best to engage relevant public groups
    (e.g. community members, patients, school children, curious adults) with
    research. Participants will improve their own communication skills,
    explore the dynamics of partnering with different communities, and be
    introduced to a range of tools to better measure the impact of their
    public engagement activities. The course will incorporate a mixture of
    workshop-style sessions, individual reflections, panel discussions and
    short talks from prominent researchers who have successfully embedded
    public engagement within their work. The aim is to provide inspiration
    and support to enable newly independent researchers to develop a
    personalised and proactive plan for public engagement that has impact.

    Applicants must hold a research-related position at a research institute
    (or equivalent) or higher education institution. Priority will be given
    to newly independent researchers (PIs) and intermediate level researchers
    who are keen to embed public engagement within their research activities.
    The workshop is open to researchers from all disciplines, with a limited
    number of bursaries offered those funded by the Wellcome Trust and The
    Royal Society. Please note that most case studies/examples of public
    engagement discussed will be within the UK context. To optimize
    discussions and interactions between tutors and participants, numbers are
    limited; therefore early application is advised.

    Learning outcomes
    Following attendance of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Comprehend the breadth of activities incorporated within ‘public engagement’, and be able to identify specific aspects of relevance to them and their own research.
    • Explain why researchers should engage with the public, reflected at individual, research group, discipline, institutional and funder (e.g. the Wellcome Trust, RCUK) levels.
    • Identify the most relevant audience(s) for their research and understand how to engage with them effectively
    • Evaluate their public engagement activity, and demonstrate research impact.
    • Develop a strategic approach for public engagement with research for their research including their research team.
  • Programme

    The course will start at approximately 10.00 on Wednesday 20 July and
    close at approximately 15.00 on Friday 22 July 2016.

    Topics will include:

    • The context for public engagement
    • Purposes and audiences
    • How to engage
    • Strategic evaluation
    • Making the most of partnerships
    • Community partners and patient groups
    • Cultural organisations
    • Evidencing Impact: how does public engagement help?
    • Turning your plans into action
    • Making a case for public engagement

    This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
    for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
    with the faculty and other students.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Programme committee
    Karen Bultitude
    University College London, UK
    Sophie Duncan
    National Coordinating Centre for Public
    Engagement, UK
    Steve Scott Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Chloe Sheppard Wellcome Trust, UK

    Confirmed tutors
    Kim Aumann
    Boing Boing Community Interest Company, UK

    Jonathan Copley
    University of Southampton, UK
    Becky Gilmore Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Anna Middleton Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Catherine Rhodes University of Cambridge, UK

    Event organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Single Accommodation  £553.00

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

    This is a residential course. All participants will stay at The Wellcome
    Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 20
    and 21 July 2016.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
    school/course dates, please contact the Conference

    Application deadline: Closed

    Places on this course are limited to 25 participants. 

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Bursaries

    Registration bursaries are only
    available for applicants funded by the Wellcome Trust and The Royal Society.

    The following will need to be provided:

    • Covering letter
    • Evidence of funding

    To apply, please contact the event organiser.