Sharing your ideas with non-specialist audiences and getting new perspectives can enhance your research, from thinking through research questions to sharing results and identifying future opportunities. Public engagement isn’t always easy but there is a wealth of evidence to help you do it effectively. Training, tailored support and networking opportunities can all help to improve your research and communication skills, whatever your level of experience.

This half-day workshop is an opportunity for you to refresh your understanding of the ‘science of science communication’ and explore ways in which to engage audiences with your research on earth system change using a range of different methods. Alongside ‘traditional’ written and spoken formats, we’ll explore how podcasts, video, public events and festivals, citizen science, games and art can all help you reach new audiences.

During the workshop, we’ll cover key principles to bear in mind when you’re communicating your research, then help you put them into practice with a range of activities led by members of the training team. After the workshop, we will provide you with a bespoke summary of the guidelines, offer short online mentoring sessions, and the chance to work with engagement experts to produce podcasts, a short video, or develop any other ideas you may have.  

Participants will also be eligible to receive support to attend further public engagement training, workshops, networking events and conferences such as Science in Public 2019 (10-12 July in Manchester) or The BIG event (17 - 19 July, Edinburgh).

To help us tailor the workshop, please fill in this form to register and tell us what types of things you’d like to find out more about when it comes to engaging the public with your research. This will help us make sure you get the most out of the training as possible.

REGISTRATION FORM - please register by Monday 3 June 2019


Who’s it for?

UKESM core group members, the wider UKESM research community and NERC-funded researchers connected to the UKESM project.

No prior experience of engaging the public with your research necessary.

There are 15 spaces available, on a first come, first served basis. If we receive more than 15 registrations, we will look to arrange an additional workshop in early July.


Date: Monday 10 June 2019

Location: NOC, Southampton

Workshop timings: 12:30 lunch, 13:00 - 17:00

This half-day workshop kicks-off with lunch at 12:30, with the programme of activities starting at 13:00. There will be a short afternoon break and we’ll make sure the workshop wraps up by 17:00. You are then invited to join us for a drink in town afterwards!

What’s provided?

Lunch will be provided from 12:30 - 13:00, as will tea/coffee and cake mid-afternoon. We will cover your expenses for travel, accommodation and subsistence

On the day you’ll receive guidance from a team of public engagement specialists, and follow-up during June - July to help you with any questions or ideas you may have after the workshop.


Training workshop organiser: Harriett Richardson, NCAS Communications Manager, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0113 343 4212

The training team:

Roz Pidcock - Science Communication Programme Manager at Climate Outreach. Roz has a PhD in oceanography and was previously Head of Communications for Working Group I of the IPCC, and Deputy Editor of CarbonBrief, a specialist climate change news and analysis organisation in the UK.

Harriett Richardson - Communications Manager at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Harriett has a PhD in environmental science and coordinated the Climate Communication Project, which provides best practice recommendations for anyone who wants to engage the public with climate change, based on up-to-date research and expert advice.

Adam Levy - Science presenter, reporter and climate communicator. Adam is an atmospheric physicist who discusses climate change through his award-winning YouTube channel ClimateAdam, and produces a range of scientific podcasts and videos.

Sam Illingworth - Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sam writes science poetry, is the Chief Executive Editor of Geoscience Communication and co-director of the Manchester Game Studies Network.

Asher Minns - Executive Director at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Asher has 20 years of experience as a full-time communicator of environmental science, and runs training workshops across Europe based on his expertise and experiences.

Ed Hawkins - Climate scientist at NCAS and Academic Lead for Public Engagement in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Ed leads the Weather Rescue citizen science project and has developed a series of simple data visualisations about climate change that capture people’s attention worldwide.