Several of the skills and attributes that you develop as a researcher [PDF] can be acquired through or used in public engagement activities.
These attributes have been highlighted by The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
You will develop many of these as you gain experience in public engagement, but there are training opportunities available to help you improve your practice.
Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Courses
We are piloting a new Public Engagement Masterclass - free for Wellcome Trust researchers - on 27-29 July 2015 at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. Aimed at newly independent and other mid-career researchers, the programme will explore the role of engagement and how you and your group can engage with people outside academia in an effective and rewarding way. Topics will include: Knowing your audience; Identifying key messages; Storytelling skills; Partnership working and Evidence of impact.
Other training opportunities
The Royal Society offers one-day communication and media courses for postdoctoral researchers.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has a free online training course to help get you started in public engagement with STEM.
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement also has a list of training opportunities.
Finally, a growing number of universities and research institutes run their own public engagement training, so please contact your HR department to find out about free training and development opportunities in your institution.
Resources and support
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has a growing collection of 'how to' guides and case studies in public engagement. These free resources provide advice on engaging with a range of audiences and using a variety of formats.
If you would like further support, please get in touch to discuss how we can help you.