SOLARNET Public Engagement Training Workshop

February 12, 2020, from Richard Morton

31st March – 1st April 2020, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

A part of SOLARNET, we are putting on a training workshop focused on public engagement. Aimed at both early career and senior researchers, the workshop will build confidence, skills and perspective for a wide range of communication activities and situations.

This workshop will introduce the range of opportunities through which public engagement can occur, and some of the key issues:

– Why do we want to ‘engage the public with science?’
– Designing for evaluation, pathways to impact, and writing engagement into research bids.
– Contexts & approaches: the range of opportunities available for science communication.
– How to talk to people. Understanding your audience, and the ‘communication’ part of ’science communication’.
– Unconscious bias: implications and mitigations.
– Empty vessels to science capital and co-creation: developments and trends within public engagement.

The workshops will be facilitated by highly experienced and award-winning public engagement professionals, who’ve worked with researchers of all levels, internationally. Their combined expertise spans primary school teaching, science broadcast, education leadership, and public engagement project management. They’ve run children’s film competitions and summer camps, built media strategies for learned institutions, and coached hundreds of academics in performance skills.

In order to support attendance of the event, we would like to provide financial help for young researchers to attend. Depending upon the number of people requesting assistance, we may not be able to cover all travel/accommodation requests, but will try to provide at least partial support. If you would like assistance in attending the event, please send an email to Richard Morton ( with estimated costs for your travel and accommodation.