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.

Make sure to return to this web page frequently for listings of training days and information on how to sign up.

Coming up in 2019 – Public engagement and science communication training 

We will be hosting multiple exciting training workshops in 2019, so please follow @BES_careers for notices on upcoming opportunities.

Workshop: Free public engagement training: science demonstrations for family audiences
Location: Eureka! children’s museum: Halifax, West Yorkshire

Date: Mon 11 February 10:00 – 16:00 GMT

The BES will provide a free for members training workshop in 2019, focusing on how to communicate your science with young audiences and families.

Hosted within the marvellously interactive Eureka! children’s museum in West Yorkshire, this hands-on workshop will be led by Chris Snowden, STEM & Public Engagement Manager at Eureka!, a specialist in communicating complex issues to young children and their parents using exciting live demonstrations.

The workshop will be beneficial for both beginners and more experienced communicators, providing a grounding in science communication and learning psychology for younger/family audiences, examining different methods of engagement, how to communicate clearly with children and family audiences, and giving members considerable time to develop their own activities into physical products with one-on-one advice. There will be opportunities to develop these ideas into physical products after the workshop and deliver them at the Eureka! museum and at BES events in future.

Eureka! welcomes 300,000+ visitors annually including 34,000+ children on school visits providing an incredible range of play based learning experiences to engage children from birth to 11 years old, helping them make sense of the world and to instil a lifelong love of learning. Chris Snowden has engaged the public across a range of subjects, from the science of sound to dinosaurs, run funded projects on food sustainability, chemistry of gases and genomics and trained communicators in everything from engagement and communications techniques to coding.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the online sign-up form. Apply before Fri 1 February 18:00 GMT to avoid disappointment!

Attendees will need to cover their own travel expenses, but please contact Chris Jeffs if you may require financial assistance. We cannot cover costs for travel outside of the UK.

There will be a £20 deposit payable upon acceptance that will be refunded after the event. Cancellations within one week of the training will not be refunded.

Image result for eureka museum

2018 Reports – Public engagement training 

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.