Upcoming Engaged Researcher Training

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Perform Your Research

When: 29 April, 13:00-15:30

Where: Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre at Mill Lane (in person)

Telling a good story is not just about the content. The way you tell it has a huge impact. This highly practical session will help you to perform at best your research story relying on effective staging and choreographing movement, supportive breathing, projection, pauses, paralanguage, speaking style, eye contact, and supportive gestures. The course will be led by Sarah Cruise, a peripatetic teacher of communication and performance skills who collects research and practitioners’ experience from psychology, neuroscience, and performing arts, and who co-presents the Gin & Topic podcast.

How to Podcast Your Research

When: 4 May, 09:30-13:00 (optional online 15-minute mentoring sessions on 10 May 12:00-12:45 or 12 May 14:30-15:15)

Where: Zoom (online)

Are you struggling to engage with public audiences beyond the usual suspects? Do you want to widen your professional network? Could you be the authoritative voice in your field? If these questions resonate with you then podcasting could be the answer. This training will give you all the skills, tools and information you need to get started with creating a compelling podcast, keep going after the first flurry of excitement, and increase your overall impact. The training will be led by Dr Anna Ploszajski, an award-winning materials scientist, writer, presenter, podcaster, performer, trainer and storyteller based in London.

Creative Evaluation Techniques

When: 18 May, 14:00-15:30

Where: Zoom (online)

Would you like to find out what audiences think about your activity but want to try something other than a questionnaire? Want to move beyond ‘any other comments’? In this session, find out about alternative evaluation techniques used in the University of Cambridge Museums, and how you could apply them to your own situation. The course will be led by Sarah-Jane Harknett who co-ordinates evaluation projects across the University of Cambridge Museums. Alongside this role, she also heads up the Public Engagement programmes at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Zine Making for Public Engagement

When: 26 May, 14:30-16:30 (optional drop-in Q&A session on 14 June, 12:00-13:00)

Where: Zoom (online)

Zines are informal, self-published magazines or leaflets useful to communicate almost anything, and particularly to explore difficult or controversial topics. In this workshop, you will hear from Hana Ayoob about the story of zine making and different zine formats, you will learn how to distill ideas into a few key points. You will also discuss how to use zine making activities and finished zines in public engagement, and you will be guided through making your own zine. An optional drop-in Q&A session and an online course platform will allow you to get trainer’s advice and participants’ feedback on your work.

For more information about the Engaged Researcher training programme, please contact:

Selen Etingu-Breslaw – Public Engagement and Impact Manager (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology) or

Stefanie Reichelt – Public Engagement Manager (Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences) at

Posted on 27/04/2022