The Royal Society: Introduction to public engagement course (Oct 19th, 2017)

This course is for scientists with little or no experience in public engagement and is designed to give you the confidence and skills required to get started.

Applying for this scheme
This course is designed for early-mid career scientists who are embarking on independent research careers (approx. 2 – 10 years post-PhD).The next course date is:Thursday 19 October, 10am – 5pm, University of Birmingham. 

See below for course fees. This course is held at Westmere, University of Birmingham.

Register for this course

This course will enable you to take part in, or create, public engagement activities that are research-led and relevant to you.

Designed with early-mid career researchers in mind, the course includes sessions on the benefits of public engagement, what ‘good’ looks like and understanding audiences, as well as how to create public engagement activities that grow out of, and complement, your research.

The course will be delivered in an interactive and participatory style, combining discussion, reflection and activity based approaches.

As part of the training you will be provided with links to specific activities, allowing you to put your training to good use.

View programme.

Fee and bursaries

This course fee is £150 + VAT

The course fee and travel expenses are covered for Royal Society grant holders.

About the tutor

This course is delivered by Dr Steve Cross, a freelance public engagement consultant, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and former Head of Public Engagement at University College London. Steve has over 10 years’ experience in public engagement and specialises in supporting researchers to engage with diverse communities.

“Steve was informative and knowledgeable. This session provided creative ways and thinking that I wasn’t aware of before.”

“Steve was great – very engaging and with lots of good advice.”

“Such a change to have a personable, engaging presenter! Inspired lots of ideas, thanks.”

Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 3 weeks before the course, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel within 3 weeks of the course, you will not receive a refund.

Further training

If you already have experience in public engagement, why not try our Public engagement practice or Engaging with schools courses.

Please contact us with any questions.


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