This course type is lecture

Public Engagement Masterclass

26 - 28 June 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    Our highly successful Public Engagement Masterclass returns this summer
    to provide active researchers with inspiration and support to develop a
    personalised and proactive public engagement plan that achieves real

    Public engagement is increasingly important for researchers and research
    funders, 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 is suitable for newly independent and other
    mid-career researchers (including postdoctoral researchers) and will
    provide the opportunity to explore the role of engagement within your
    research and how you and/or your group can engage effectively with
    non-specialist publics outside academia.

    The residential nature of the course provides the opportunity for
    mentoring and networking with public engagement professionals and funders
    alongside workshop-style sessions, individual reflections, panel
    discussions and short talks from prominent researchers who have
    successfully embedded public engagement within their work. 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

    Applicants must be active researchers at postdoctoral level or hold a
    research-related position at a research institute (or equivalent) or
    higher education institution. The course is open to researchers from all
    disciplines, with a limited number of bursaries offered to researchers
    funded by Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society or RCUK.

    To optimize discussions and interactions between tutors and participants,
    numbers are limited; therefore, early application is advised.

    Learning outcomes
    Following attendance at 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

    Feedback from previous participants
    “I found this course very useful but also very enjoyable. I liked the
    size of the group as it meant we were all able to participate. It was
    also a fantastic opportunity to meet people doing similar public
    engagement and hear about their experiences and share ideas”.(participant
    on 2016 course)

    “It was by far the best training course I’ve been on. It was
    meticulously organised, carefully thought out, and clearly structured,
    with a nice mixture of activities and talks. The range of subject matter
    covered was ideal, and especially impressive was the care taken by the
    leaders to keep tabs on how we, the delegates, were finding the course.
    The social side was also excellent – the course leaders created a
    friendly, unthreatening environment, which encouraged conversation and
    participation by everyone” (participant on 2015 course)

    “Extensive cover of PE activities were discussed, lots of interactive
    sessions that helped me understand issues that were presented in the oral
    presentations, loads of useful sources for further info on PE activities
    were given” (participant on 2015 course)

    “It was good to network and work with different background, especially
    the funders and well established PE professionals, to see things in
    perspective, and receive comments and encouragement” (participant on 2016

  • Programme

    The course will start at approximately 10.00 on Monday 26 June and close
    at approximately 15.00 on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

    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 participants.

    A draft programme will be available shortly.

  • Instructors / Speakers

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

    Confirmed tutors
    Kim Aumann Boing Boing Community Interest Company, UK

    Sheena Cruickshank University of Manchester, UK
    Hélène Doerflinger Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK

    Becky Gilmore
    Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Ian Goodfellow University of Cambridge, UK
    Kevin O’Dell
    University of Glasgow, UK
    Julian Rayner Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Lucy Thorne University College London, UK

    Event organiser
    Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Twin Accommodation  N/A
    Registration with Single Accommodation  £545

    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 26
    and 27 June 2017.

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

    Application deadline:

    Places on this course are limited and will be awarded on merit.
    Applicants must be active researchers at postdoctoral level or hold a
    research-related position at a research institute (or equivalent) or
    higher education institution. The course is open to researchers from all
    disciplines. Applicants will be required to complete an online
    application form.
    The selection process will take place in May 2017.

    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

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available to researchers funded by The Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society and RCUK to attend this course. Bursaries will cover the full course fee.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Covering letter
    • Evidence of funding

    To apply, please contact the event organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed