Would you like to share your research more widely?

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement and educational outreach for postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics at the University of Cambridge.

The course takes participants through the steps involved in planning, organising and delivering an interactive public engagement activity. By ‘public engagement’ or ‘outreach’, we mean engaging ‘non-specialists’ with your academic discipline. This might include school pupils, older people’s groups, youth clubs and the general public (it does not include other academics). You might engage people through, for example, workshops, discussions, hands-on demonstrations or re-enactments. We are particularly keen for participants to offer unusual, engaging activities rather than straight-forward talks.

This multi-disciplinary course consists of six half-day sessions and participation in a Festival, attendance at all sessions is required. Completion of the course counts as transferrable skills training. There is no charge for participants.
Sessions cover:

  •     Introduction to public engagement
  •     Creating innovative interactive and hands-on activities for public Festivals
  •     Communication skills and creating engaging content
  •     Essential event co-ordination; marketing, health & safety, event evaluation

Within the University calendar there are many opportunities to get involved in public engagement; Festivals, Museums and school events, media opportunities and more.

The next rising Stars public engagement course

The winter course runs from January to March with the opportunity to participate in the Cambridge Science Festival. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2019.

2019 dates:

Session dates Time
Wednesday 16 January 1pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 30 January 1pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 6 February 1pm-3.30pm
Tuesday 19 February 1pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 6 March 1pm-3.30pm
Sunday 24 March - Cambridge Science Festival 11am-4pm
Tuesday 26 March 11am-12.30pm

Complete this form to apply for this round of Rising Stars.

Any queries, please email: RisingStars@admin.cam.ac.uk