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Public Engagement Day: Diversification and Impact for your research

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Bellairs & Shepard Training Rooms, Level 1

University of Surrey Library

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The Researcher Development team have devised a unique day-long event on Public Engagement for postgraduate and early-career researchers the at University of Surrey. The day has been designed to introduce you to what the University currently does, get you thinking about how your research could have public impact or involve the local community, and facilitate discussion about this increasingly important feature of academic careers. The programme has been structured so that researchers in all disciplines, and at both PGR and post-doctoral level, will find sessions relevant to them.

The day will bring together a wide range of internal and external speakers to provide you with ideas, opportunities and inspiration for communicating your research to different audiences.

This event is open to all postgraduate research students and early career researchers at the University of Surrey. Registration is free and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

PROGRAMME

9.30-10:00 Coffee and Welcome

10:00-11:00 Public Engagement at Surrey - getting involved

11:00-12.30 Parallel sessions:

  • Festivals – Communicating your Research in New Contexts
  • Teaching experience as a skills builder

12.30-13.30 Lunch and networking

13.30-15.00 Panel discussion: 'What does Public Engagement mean to you?'

15.00-16.00 Parallel sessions:

  • Three Minute Thesis – Could you explain your research in 180 seconds?
  • Publishing and communicating as a public intellectual

16.00-17.00 Coffee and networking

FULL SESSION DETAILS

Public Engagement at Surrey – Getting Involved

The University of Surrey has become an integral part of the town of Guildford and our institution makes a valuable contribution to the wider local and regional community. The Public Engagement Team runs a number of important initiatives to help build positive local connections and relationships. In this session, learn more about some of the events you can get involved with, including Innovate Guildford, Pint of Science, and Bright Club.

Speakers: Ross Kelway, Lisa Dimbylow and Nikki Dormon (Public Engagement Team)

Festivals – Communicating your Research in New Contexts

Arts, music and science festivals can offer you the opportunity to engage with the local community and to share your research in some exciting non-traditional environments. This session will discuss the benefits, challenges and practicalities of getting involved in different types of festival, with a particular focus on Guildford Book Festival and science engagement at Green Man Festival. How can you find or create opportunities to get involved? At what level should you pitch your discussion? What should you do when your tent blows away overnight? Find out all this and more.

Speakers:

  • Dr Alex Pavey (RDP and former Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Green Man Festival)
  • Eleanor March (PhD researcher and Trustee, Guildford Book Festival)

Teaching experience as a skills builder – The Brilliant Club

This panel will discuss opportunities for researchers to develop their teaching skills, disseminate their research to non-experts, and contribute to fair access to Higher Education through working as a Scholars Programme tutor with The Brilliant Club. The Brilliant Club has worked with over 1,000 PhD students and ECRs to deliver supra-curricular courses to over 13,000 pupils per year at non-selective state schools around the country; this session will provide more information about the programme, and how to get involved.

Speaker: Andrew Fleming (The Brilliant Club)

Panel Discussion – What Does Public Engagement Mean to you?

This panel brings together distinct viewpoints on public engagement – its importance, possibilities and impact. Showing wider relevance is becoming central to how we plan and carry out research, with implications for everything from funding to career profiles. How can we reach new audiences? What is the future of citizen science? Here is a great chance to hear from a gallery of experts and ask those burning questions you may have.

Speakers:

  • Dr Rebecca Jones (Research and Engagement Relationships Manager, Wellcome Trust)
  • Professor Jane Ogden (Department of Psychology)
  • David Ferguson (Head of Communications, University of Surrey)
  • Nick Werren (PhD student, Department of Physics)
  • Chair: Dr Michael Rose (Researcher Development Programme)

Three Minute Thesis – Could you explain your research in 180 seconds?

Established by the University of Queensland in 2008, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) has spread to more than 600 universities across the world. Doctoral students compete by condensing their research into a talk of three minutes or less that is engaging, inspiring and entertaining for a non-specialist audience. In this workshop you can practice techniques for effectively summarising your research, and learn more about getting involved in 3MT 2019 at Surrey.

Speaker: Dr Alex Pavey (Researcher Development Programme)

Publishing and communicating as a public intellectual

What does it mean to be a public intellectual today? To convey ideas to diverse audiences requires skills in written and other forms of communication. We’ll be looking at how reaching ‘outside’ audiences is more than a question or terminology of style; we need to understand their fundamental values, premises and interests concerning knowledge and information. This is crucial for research exchange, but also has practical implications for managing your career within academia and beyond.

Speakers:

  • Dr Christian Gilliam (Researcher Development Programme)
  • Dr Mike Rose (Researcher Development Programme)


For any questions about the event, please email rdp@surrey.ac.uk with the subject 'Public Engagement Day'.


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