External Training

Lots of external organisations and community of practice groups run public engagement and science communication training. Find out more on this page.

There are a few key organisations who run well-established recurring sector-relevant conferences, symposiums and training, most notably the NCCPE who run the annual ENGAGE Conference and British Interactive Group who run the Little Event and the BIG Conference. Wellcome Trust, NERC and other major funders are also worth looking at, as they often run one-off events on specific themes or skills which can be very useful. Some of these opportunities tend to attract public engagement professionals as opposed to researchers, so it’s worth thinking about what you want to get out of any training you plan to undertake, especially if you are paying for it. For example, you could use Twitter to ask others who have taken part previously what you can expect.

National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
The NCCPE help universities and the public engage with each other. They offer a number of different public engagement training schemes throughout the year such as the Engage Academy for Public Engagement Practitioners and Facilitators and the Engage Researchers’ Academy. They can also provide bespoke training on request. The NCCPE also organise the annual Engage Conference.

British Science Association, Media Fellowships
Fellowships are offered to practising scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers and provide placements working with national press, broadcast or internet journalists with the aim of building understanding between science and society.  Placements last 3 to 8 weeks, and involve working within the constraints of the media to produce accurate and well-informed scientific pieces.

Involve/Consultation Institute, Evaluating Public Engagement
This one day course has been specially designed to look at the growing need for evaluation, and equip staff to apply best practice principles. Courses run throughout the year at various venues around the UK.

UWE Science Communication Unit, Science Communication Masterclass
An intensive four day course created to provide professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE’s popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.

Famelab is an annual competition to find the next ‘new voice’ of science and engineering. You will get the opportunity to take part in a fun event, practice presenting your science to public audiences and if you get through to the final you will also receive special training which will contribute to your professional development.

Sense About Science, Voice of Young Science (VoYS) Media Workshops
These popular full day events are free and open to early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine who are passionate about science and want to communicate science to a wider audience.

Royal Society, Communication and Media Skills
The Royal Society provides three courses for scientists on communication and media skills; a one day communication skills course developing written and spoken communication skills; a one day media skills training course developing skills in working with television, radio, newspapers and other media; and a two-day residential course combining the two courses mentioned above.

Royal Society, Pairing Scheme Builds bridges between researcher workers and members of the UK parliament.

BBSRC, Media Training
This course provides an introduction to the media and how to use it to promote your science. The course is tailor-made for scientists working on BBSRC science and follows a bespoke programme created by our media office.

Wellcome Trust, Public Engagement Masterclass This course is aimed at newly independent and other mid-career researchers and will provide the opportunity to explore the role of engagement within your research and how you and your group can engage with non-specialist publics outside academia in an effective and rewarding way.