Public Engagement Training - NOW ONLINE!

Develop your public engagement skills through innovative and creative tools to engage with your research

Civic responsibility and research engagement with stakeholders and public audiences is becoming an increasingly important element within the research cycle and often requires new and additional skills. The University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team provides a portfolio of transferable skill trainings and support for PGR students, researchers and professional staff.

The ‘Engaged Researcher’ training covers all areas of professional engagement with research by combining expert lead practical workshops and taught sessions. No Public Engagement story is the same and this is reflected in the diversity of the training programme offered. The sessions will give you the support needed to organise, develop, deliver, communicate, publish and evaluate your Public Engagement activities, through creative tools from stand-up comedy, digital engagement to grant writing – find the trainings that match your needs and career profile and combine them into your personal training suite.

Online Portfolio

The University of Cambridge Engaged Researcher Training is launching a special “Online Edition” with courses delivered by creative public engagement professionals. Over the 12 weeks between 4 May-24 July 2020, all aspects of creative online engagement with research will be covered through weekly sessions ranging from storytelling, films, podcast, illustration, animations to games. We will also be offering some tailor-made courses for those who would like to get started in engaging with policymakers and explore synergies between governmental structures and higher education institutions in the UK, or for researchers who would like to develop online engagement activities for kids.

The specially developed online format of the workshops allows participants to mainly work in their own time over the course of the week while receiving training sessions, mentoring and hands-on activities to develop their own ideas and materials. The trainings also offers opportunities and platforms for participants to share their work with wider audiences and to engage with their stakeholders.

Training sessions include

  • Introduction into online Public Engagement with Research
  • Research Storytelling
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Filmmaking
  • Research Games
  • Research podcasts
  • Using YouTube
  • Engagement for kids
  • Policy Engagement

Registration and Certification

All courses can be booked as individual weeks or participants can obtain a Certificate for Online Public Engagement with Research, by attending the introduction session ‘Online Public Engagement’ as well as three additional courses of their choice.
Find the training that match your needs and career profile and combine them into your personal online training suite, by choosing from a diverse range of trainings. If you decide to go for a certificate rather than one-off trainings, please do get in touch with Dr Alina Loth and Dr Diogo Gomes.

The sessions will be run fully online on Microsoft Teams and are open to all PGR students, academic and professional staff of the University. Please note that there are limited spaces available, so please book early to avoid disappointment and do cancel as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend. For a full list of sessions and to register please visit UTBS.


Please get in touch with Dr Alina Loth and Dr Diogo Gomes with any training related queries.