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Tuesday 12th February, 2019 - 9:45am-4.30pm (coffee and registration from 9.30am)

To register for the day click here

UPDATE: Thanks to financial support from UKRI, we are able to offer financial and material support for this Skills Day. See below for more information. 

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As part of BIG's role in promoting excellence in science communication we are pleased to announce our upcoming skills day.

  • Do you work in a university to support public engagement with research?
  • Have you been asked to develop and deliver training or professional development for scientists?

If you said yes to either question, then this BIG Skills Day is for you!

In this highly practical day, we’ll share our experiences of developing training and professional development specifically for researchers. We’ll look at what makes for effective training, different types of intervention, participants’ needs and evaluating the effectiveness of training. Bring your experiences to share and any challenges you’re encountering.

During this Skills Day you will: 

  • Consider good practice in training; 
  • Develop a toolkit of example activities to use in your own training; and 
  • Have personal advice and support for any challenges you are facing. 

Who is the day for?

  • People who work outside universities and research organisations with experience of developing training for researchers; 
  • People who work in a public engagement role at universities; 
  • People who already have experience developing training for researchers; and
  • People who want to advance their training and knowledge of working with researchers. 

Your Trainers

Helen Featherstone, PhD is the Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath

Natalie Ford, Outreach and Engagement Officer, NDORMS, University of Oxford

Dr Nicola Stock, Public Engagement Officer & Project Lead, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh 

This Skills Day is part of the University of Bath’s ChallengeCPD project. Helen will share findings from this work which is looking at why training for public engagement can be a challenging area.


£45 for BIG members including lunch and coffee

Non-members will need to join BIG first at an annual cost of £30 and then come back to register for the day as a member.

To register for the day click here

Financial Support

Thanks to financial support from UKRI, we are able to offer financial and material support for this Skills Day in the following two ways: 

1. BIG is offering 5 bursaries to cover the cost of registration, membership and any reasonable expenses associated with attending this Skills Day. These bursaries have been set up to facilitate greater diversity in the people who attend our events so that we are more representative of broader society. This diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, gender, health, geography, cultural heritage, career path, salary or educational background. Apply online here: Training Researchers in Public Engagement Bursary Application - 2019 The deadline is 6pm Thursday 17th January, 2019. 

2. BIG is also able to support ANY delegate with costs associated with access to this Skills Day. For example, a translator, care costs, carer travel costs etc. If this applies to you, please email and tell us what you need and we will endeavour to meet your needs. 

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