Training options

Our courses can run from half a day to three days long, depending on your support needs, but a workshop generally tends to be delivered in one full day. A range of options are available, from one-off short courses, through to on-going training and mentoring.

Core topics include:

  • Setting the scene – an overview of science communication & public engagement
  • Knowing your audience – who they are and where to find them
  • Practical activities to improve your communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Planning and evaluating an event – considering the audience’s needs
  • Next steps – finding funding, information and existing initiatives

In addition you can choose optional modules from the following list to tailor the course specifically to your needs:

  • Who are the public?
  • Jargon busting and use of language
  • Ideas for events and venues
  • Learning – different styles and contexts
  • Where to go to have an effect
  • Working with schools
  • Demo to go – practical examples of simple activities
  • Evaluation
  • What makes a good public engagement/outreach proposal?
  • Understanding and targeting your audience
  • Promotion and  marketing
  • Project planning
  • Dialogue and  debate

Though we have a range of existing module options, we also work with clients to develop packages specific to an exhibition or network of research. We also work closely with associate trainers to deliver specialist training in other areas.

Examples of other modules we can offer include:

  • Working with the media
  • Using new media – film, blogs, podcasts etc
  • Radio and TV interview practice
  • Science writing
  • Developing demo kit
  • Developing learning activities – choosing the right format
  • Science exhibitions
  • Science festivals
Public Engagement training lies at the core of the research-based training activities of the EU-funded LASSIE initial training network. We asked the Training Group to provide appropriate and fun training for our young scientists during an intense two week programme of activities combining our science, professional skills and public engagement. The result was an outstanding success for all concerned!

Professor Martin McCoustra
Professor of Chemical Physics at Heriot-Watt University and coordinator of the EU FP7 funded LASSIE network