Friday 27th January 2017, University of Leeds

Keen to engage the public with your research but not sure where to begin?

Engaging researchers go out of their way to involve the public with their research. They open up opportunities for others to get involved, provide new perspectives on the value of their work, and stimulate people to be curious about the world of research - and why it matters.

This highly interactive one-day workshop has been designed for NERC-funded early career researchers who are new to, or have some experience with public engagement. During the workshop, participants will:

  • Define what public engagement is in the context of engagement with research in the UK.
  • Explore how public engagement can benefit you, your research, research funders and the public with whom you engage.
  • Discover the range of approaches you can use to engage the public with your research.
  • Investigate the needs of different publics and how you might effectively engage with them.
  • Understand the process of successful evaluation and consider different approaches for evaluating public engagement activities.
  • Generate and share initial ideas for potential public engagement scenarios.
  • Find out how to take the next steps in public engagement, including the opportunity to take part in the "The Air We Share: Yorkshire" project.

The course will be delivered by Dee-Ann Johnson (Researcher Development Communications Officer, University of Manchester) and the NCAS Communications Team. 

The course is suitable for PhD students and research scientists who have limited public engagement knowledge and/or experience.

Course capacity is 25. 12 places will be reserved for the 12 NERC/NCAS air quality and health PhD cohort of 2016. The remaining places are open on a first come first served basis to the atmospheric science community. Atmospheric scientists, especially early career researchers, who focus on any aspects of air quality are strongly encouraged to attend. We define ECRs as PhD students or researchers <8 yrs out of a PhD without a permanent position.

For more information about The air we share: Yorkshire project contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0113 343 4212.

The deadline to submit your application is 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. 

About the course

General

The course will take place on Friday 27th January at the University of Leeds, in the Charles Thakrah Building (Seminar Rooms 4 & 5). 

Arrival and Registration for the course will be 9.30am on Friday 27 January 2017, with the course due to start at 10.00 prompt. You should plan your travel arrangements to ensure that you arrive in good time.

There is currently no pre-reading required for the course. Handouts for each session will be provided as necessary and slides will be available after the course.

What's Included

Tuition and refreshments, including a vegetarian/vegan lunch. 

Delegates are responsible for booking their own transport to and from the course. NCAS will cover travel costs for delegates attending this course. You will be able to claim back your travel expenses at the course, remember to keep your receipts and bring copies with you.

Hands-on experience

Following on from the training day, course delegates will be encouraged to attend The air we share: Yorkshire - an air quality public engagement tour in Yorkshire (led by NCAS) throughout February 2017.

Course costs

The course is free to attend.

Travel costs

Delegates are responsible for arranging their transport to and from the University of Leeds. NCAS will cover travel costs for delegates attending this course. You will be able to claim back your travel expenses at the course, remember to keep your receipts and bring copies with you.

Cancellations

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer attend. We will make your place available for other attendees. All cancellations must be sent in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amendments and Cancellations by NCAS

It may be necessary for NCAS to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled by NCAS, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Course applications

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 18th January 2017. If you have submitted an application we will be in contact by 5pm on 20th January 2017.

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