Training

We support you to undertake public engagement activities and learn how to communicate your research effectively with diverse audiences.

Public Engagement and Science Communication Training at the BES

The BES training programme offers opportunities for members of all career stages to develop a range of essential communication skills including event demonstration, video production, and social media. We also provide advanced media training for mid-career researchers and professionals to develop their media interview, narrative construction, and feature writing abilities.

Coming up in 2019 – Public engagement and science communication training 

We will be hosting multiple training workshops in 2019, so please make sure to return to this web page and follow @BES_careers for notices on upcoming opportunities.


Workshop: Video production for social media
Location: University College London, London
Date: Friday 26 April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Cost: £30 for BES Members. £50 for Non-members.
Deadline: 12th April 2019 18:00 GMT 

This one-day practical training workshop will cover the theory of the types and purposes of social media communications, the methodology of creating an audiovisual narrative, and techniques for audio recording, filming and editing. This will be focused primarily on using smartphones and free editing software, although more expensive equipment can also be used.

The workshop will be beneficial to those with entry level to intermediate experience in digital production. With attendance limited to twenty individuals, one-on-one interaction with demonstrators is maximised.

The workshop will be led by Dr Amy Hong (University College London / Freelance Digital Producer) who has an extensive biological research background and years of experience as a cinematographer and digital producer. All participants will have the chance to produce short videos by the end of the workshop! Please bring your laptop and smart phone to participate in practical sessions. You may bring additional digital camera and audio equipment if you wish.

 

To buy your ticket please visit our Eventbrite listing. before 18:00 GMT 12 April 2019.

Please contact Chris Jeffs if you have any specific dietary requirements (inc. allergies), or access considerations we should be aware of to facilitate your attendance.

The training will be within the UCL Engineering Front Building, a short 10 minutes walk from Euston Rail Station and 20 minutes walk from Kings Cross/ London St Pancras Stations. Attendees will need to cover their own travel expenses, but please contact Chris if you may require financial assistance. We cannot cover costs for travel outside of the UK.

 

Reports – Public engagement training 

Engaging with young children and families, 11 February 2019, Eureka! children’s museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire
A day within the marvellously interactive Eureka! children’s museum, this hands-on workshop was led by Chris Snowden (STEM & Public Engagement Manager at Eureka!). You can read a full report about the training and subsequent demonstrating at British Science Week in our blog article.

Event demonstrations workshop with Science Made Simple, 26 November 2018, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
Hosted at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle, we organised a free training workshop for BES members in developing live science demonstrations, presenting skills, and performance techniques. David Price from STEM communication experts, Science Made Simple, shared his essential tips-and-tricks for engaging the public face-to-face, and helped develop our attendees ideas for activities in a round table workshop.