Storytelling Researcher: Engaging Poster Workshop

Public Engagement with Research Committee (PERC) is happy to announce a special interactive workshop for researchers keen to develop an understanding of infographics/visual communication to enhance their public engagement skills.

Join Lulu Pinney, an infographics expert, for a hands-on workshop which will help you transform your existing academic poster into a ‘public engagement’-friendly version well-suited to non-specialist audiences.

PERC believes being able to engage the public with your research is an important part of being a well-rounded researcher. This workshop is aimed at researchers who are committed to the professional development of their public engagement and science communications skills. Whilst this session will focus on posters, we believe that the principles learned in this session can be applied to presentations, talks and other public engagement events which involve communicating data and aspects of the research process to non-academics. Indeed, it is worth noting that PERC recommend that posters be used as an engagement tool to facilitate direct conversations, rather than being the main method of engagement per se.

We especially encourage those struggling to simplify the ‘story of their research’ to join us for this workshop.

To make this workshop as interactive as possible and to give Lulu a chance to work with everyone, only 16 spaces are available. We expect this will be a very popular workshop, therefore please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Email the Public Engagement with Research Officer, Dr Caroline Gillett via: engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk with your name, position (e.g. PhD student, ECR, Lecturer etc.), School/Dept and College. Please put ‘Poster Workshop’ in the title of your email. Researchers from all Colleges are eligible to attend. The workshop is not open to undergraduates/those on teaching-only contracts/those outside the University.

WHEN & WHERE: July 4th, 2016 in Muirhead Tower Room 118 at 13:00-16:30pm. Please ensure you arrive on time. You must be able to attend the whole session.

WHAT TO BRING: Laptop with a copy of your poster, so that you can work on this in-session. Please also bring a physical copy of your poster if you have this printed out.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Develop infographic skills to help you make your future posters more creative and engaging
  • Enhance your science communication skills aimed at non-academic audiences
  • Embrace constructive criticism to improve your research message, working alongside others

All attendees will be required to provide PERC with feedback on the workshop so that we can continue to improve future workshops for others in future.