Oxford Sparks (www.oxfordsparks.net) is running further training courses and networking events in public engagement and science communication during Trinity Term 2014.
An introduction to public engagement and science communication:
1300-1500, Thursday 8 May 2014
A whistle stop tour which will get you considering the needs of different audiences, meeting researchers who actively engage with the public and thinking about how you might share your research with the public.
For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40104
0930-1700, Tuesday 13 May 2014
Using your own research and interests, learn the essential ingredients of a compelling narrative, how draw an audience into a story and keep them involved, and how to turn your story into an effective ‘pitch’.
For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40106
Sexy, sticky, stimulating – science outreach via dance and theatre
1000-1200, Saturday 7 June 2014
Dr Cedric Tan
Winner of several competitions, including “Dance your PhD” (http://vimeo.com/30211782)
Hear about how to use dance and theatre to engage an audience with your scientific research.
For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40123
Translating your research into a hands-on activity:
1300-1600, Thursday 10 July 2014
This comprehensive introduction to working with hands-on activities will include thinking about how people learn, the value of a hands-on approach and consideration of the practical issues you may face. This course will be delivered in conjunction with the Botanic Gardens.
For further details and to register: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/course-signup/rest/course/4D00D40105
Networking event: Stand up science
1230-1330, Thursday 29 May
Dr David Legg (host of ‘Science Slam <http://www.scienceslam.net/de/> ‘) and Jonny Brooks Bartlett (winner of FameLab <http://www.famelab.org/> regional final) explain how to use stand-up events to engage an audience with your scientific research. Have a go yourself, then have the opportunity to meet with other researchers from across the sciences.
Booking details TBC
Networking event: Making your lectures interactive
Dr Alison Woollard, presenter of the 2013 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, gives hints and tips on getting away from PowerPoint and making your lectures fun and interactive. Have a go yourself, then have the opportunity to meet with other researchers from across the sciences.
Date and booking details TBC
These courses focus on the sciences but are available to all graduate students and research staff, and are part of a wider range of researcher training opportunities: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/researcher-training. Further information on training opportunities in public engagement and science communication, at Oxford and further afield, can be found on the Oxford Sparks website: www.oxfordsparks.net/pe_training
Please contact Annabel Cook for further information.