External Virtual Public Engagement Training

Public Engagement has always been a force for disruption and innovation, so it might come as little surprise that many talented individuals involved in public engagement worldwide have worked tirelessly since social restrictions were brought into force to adapt and develop opportunities for those interested in PE to get training even while traditional delivery methods are unavailable.

Here you can find some of the best examples of virtual training for public engagement with research that we’ve come across in the past few months so take a look and get involved. We’re also keen to hear of other great examples that others know of and to find out whether we should run some of our PER Team courses online so do let us know if you have examples to share or would be interested in virtually attending one of our internal training opportunities.

Science Communication and Public Engagement

A free short course aimed at early career researchers available on Futurelearn. It requires 6 hours’ study over three weeks. To find out more and sign up visit the FutureLearn website here.

Talking Science YouTube Course

Experienced science communicator and presenter, Greg Foot, has launched a free online training course on YouTube that covers core content on the importance of engagement, audience targeting, how to use storytelling, creating demos and how to use video. Find it on YouTube here.

UCL Online Public Engagement Training

University College London have made a suite of their public engagement courses freely available online. Topics include: Introduction to public engagement, Public engagement as part of your research grant, Practical skills for public engagement, evaluating the impact of engagement. To find out more details visit Public Engagement at UCL here and register for access via their online learning platform here.

Science Journalism Resources (Script)

Script is a free training and networking resource for journalists, scientists and anyone who wants to communicate science in an engaging and accurate way. Search for free online courses on the SciDev.Net training website here and practical guides can be found on  the Script Practical Guides section of their website here.

Being Human Training

The team at the Being Human Festival have released a set of downloadable training resources covering; event formats, partnership working, venue selection and audience targeting. Find training at the toolkit section of their website here, example case studies from organisers of previous events can be read here or apply to take part in the Being Human Festival here.

Facebook Guidance 

As many projects move online during this restriction period, many experienced engagers are sharing their expertise. Sophia Collins of the Nappy Science Gang citizen science project and the Parenting Science Gang, which both aimed to engage parents with scientific topics, offers her advice on using Facebook here and tips on using Facebook can be found here.

Coronavirus Tech Handbook

The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is not strictly public engagement with research,  but this is a fabulous crowdsourced resource that might be of interest to many of you and has sections including: event alternatives, public advice, infographics, researcher information, etc. 

Lifeology.io Platform

Lifeology.io is a new educational platform which helps scientists work with artists and storytellers to produce better visual science communication products. It’s free to become a member, chat with members in a global network and engage in learning opportunities and live chats and webinars about science art and scicomm.


Labster is a virtual laboratory which aims to give students access to a realistic lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment. They have a number of useful resources including webinars on how to teach and run science classes online including blog posts and a resource centre.

NCCPE Guides

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement publishes a number of useful guides to help you plan your engagement (PER Team does a couple too!). They cover all aspects of planning, delivering an evaluating your PER project. Find them in the resources section of the NCCPE website and search ‘Guides’ .

Community Engagement Online Course

A free online course for community engagement practitioners in low and middle-income countries is now live on The Global Health Network. The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods for Community Engagement in Public Health and Health Science facilitating engagement processes with groups of community residents to generate creative visual materials and foster discussion and learning about health and health research.