The Role of Engagement in Research – support available in Birmingham and beyond
Free training & networking events for all staff and students – Thursday June 12th & Friday June 13th, now at 52 Pritchatts Rd – Lecture Theatre 1 – Building G9 (Red) on the campus map
There is an increasing pressure to engage with potential beneficiaries of your research not only in its dissemination but also in the design and delivery of future work, particularly highlighted by its growing emphasis within funding application reviews. Being able to effectively engage different groups – and even just understanding who these groups might be, and which specific ones are most relevant to your research – can obviously be extremely difficult, so the University’s Public Engagement Working Group has developed a set of training events based around the key elements of communication and collaborative working, as well as evaluating your activities. Sessions include:
· Communicating Research: 10am – 12.30pm Thursday 12th June
· Working with External Partners: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Thursday 12th June
· Evaluating Engagement: 10am – 12.30pm Friday 13th June
· The Future of Engagement in Birmingham: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Friday 13th June
· Engaged Social: 3.30pm – 5pm Friday 13th June
These are free events open to all academic and administrative staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students. The sessions will be delivered by external organisations as well as internal staff, and will also provide plenty of opportunities for networking, as well as lunch and refreshments.
Please register for each of the events you wish to attend – you are welcome to attend one or all, or even pop in for part of the session if you can’t stay for the full duration – as we need to be sure of numbers for catering and planning any group activities appropriately.
TO BOOK: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know which session(s) you would like to attend as well as if you intend to stay for lunch, this helps us with catering.
Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the Physiological Society, London on Friday 13th June. This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).
A reminder of today’s video support drop-in session:
Tuesday 13th May, 12.00 – 1.30 pm
Sport and Exercise Sciences G84 Computer Cluster
Free to all research students and research staff at UoB
The MDS web team will be on hand to answer questions related to editing and processing short videos, as well as offering useful guidance on the planning/filming stages. Attendees are encouraged to bring their filming devices (cameras, Ipads, phones etc.) with them and to come ready with all their questions and footage (if they already have that) so that they can make the most of the session.
The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) is pleased to announce a second support session for our ‘Less Talk, More Action’ video competition. Shawn Mayall and Angela Slater from the MDS web team have kindly volunteered their time to host a drop-in session for anyone who might need some extra support in putting together a video short for the competition (or other public engagement activity).
They will be on hand to answer questions related to editing and processing short videos, as well as offering useful guidance on the planning/filming stages. Attendees are encouraged to bring their filming devices (cameras, Ipads, phones etc.) with them and to come ready with all their questions and footage (if they already have that) so that they can make the most of the session. Angela & Shawn have already recently put together a wealth of resources on the topic online HERE but the drop-in session will allow people to ask for more specific advice if needed.
‘Less Talk, More Action’ asks researchers and research students to present their research in an engaging video for the opportunity to win £200, with winners from each college. Deadline to enter the competition is May 30th at noon.
The drop-in session will take place on:
Tuesday 13th May, 12.00 – 1.30 pm
Sport and Exercise Sciences G84 Computer Cluster
We hope to see you there! Drop in anytime between 12-1.30 pm. Thank you to all attendees of our first support session with Malcolm Love which focused on presenting to camera, developing a script and other practical content questions.
The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) has organized a 2 hour media training workshop with Malcolm Love (ex-BBC producer, also Famelab International Trainer and occasional broadcaster) who will be giving expert hints, tips and advice on presenting to camera this Tuesday 6th May at the Learning Centre UG10 2-4pm. This event has been organized in support of the ‘Less Talk, More Action‘ video competition recently launched by the PEWG. This competition is open to all UoB postgraduates, post-docs and senior researchers. You can submit a video individually or as part of a research group. All information on the competition can be found HERE, including an example video as well as a how-to tutorial video on how to create and edit a video if you’ve never made one before. (Please note the competition deadline is May 30th).
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to get helpful support on presenting to camera and learn the do’s and don’ts of making content decisions. This workshop will be useful to anyone who would like to present their research to camera in the future, whether for the ‘Less Talk, More Action’ competition or for other opportunities that may present themselves in the future. This media training is free for all UoB researchers and research students to attend.
Malcolm Love will be talking at the Learning Centre UG10 at 2-4pm: Free for all research UoB students and research staff to attend. We hope to see you there!
The PEWG will also be organizing a drop-in session on May 13th for those who would like help on the technical side of making a video. This will kindly be hosted by MDS Web Team members, Shawn Mayall & Angela Slater. We will post the location and time of this drop-in session here so check back again soon
The National Co-organisating Centre for Public Engagement will host its next Public Engagement Ambassadors Event at Leeds University on Thursday the 26th of June 2014. The event will run from 10.30am – 4pm, and will include a showcase of some of the public engagement activities underway at Leeds, an opportunity for networking and a session in the afternoon on a choice of topics listed on the booking form.
These studentships offer financial support for up to three PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Our research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regard television as their most significant source of information about science. We believe that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds.
There are significant benefits for researchers willing to engage with the social context of their work. These include finding fresh perspectives on their work; developing new skills; and developing more impactful research. However there are also challenges. Research is increasingly in the public eye and many emerging research areas provoke strong public interest, whilst others are condemned as irrelevant and a waste of public money. Funders and policy makers have introduced a range of new policies, requirements and codes of practice to help researchers respond to these opportunities and challenges in effective ways.
Present your research in an engaging way via video and win £200!
2014 is an amazing year for engagement opportunities in the University, from the fantastic home-grown Arts & Science Festival to the national British Science Festival being held on campus, and we want to celebrate and showcase the best of our research in the most creative and exciting ways possible.
The Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) will be offering £200 prizes for the best 4-minutes videos based on Birmingham research aimed at a general audience. We welcome creative videos from senior staff as well as post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers, whether individually or representing wider groups. The video can either be in the form of a presentation, interview, exercise, activity, role-play, cartoon or in any way that you feel conveys your research most effectively. Visit the competition page for more information!
The deadline is Wednesday the 30th of May 2014 at 12 noon.
Sense About Science will be holding a Standing up for Science media workshop at the University of Manchester on Friday 14th March. This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).
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