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Public Engagement for Researchers

Public Engagement Support for Researchers

There are many benefits to be gained from engaging the public with research, ranging from encouraging people to actively think about science and to better understand the relevance of it to their daily lives, to increasing your profile, enhancing and developing your skills and opening up new opportunities for collaboration. 

Engagement activities can be very varied in their forms, so thinking about the kind of activity undertaken will vary depending on the purpose of the engagement.

Public Engagement Opportunities & Information

Rising Stars Public Engagement Training

The Rising Stars course offers training in public engagement and educational outreach for postgraduates, post-docs and early career academics at the University of Cambridge.  The summer course runs from January to March 2020, culminating in participation in the Cambridge Science Festival. Application deadline early January annually. More info here

Cambridge Science Festival 

The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 09-22 March 2020.

Pint of Science

The Pint of Science mission is "to provide a space for researchers and members of the public alike to come together, be curious, and chat about research in a relaxed environment outside of mysterious laboratories or daunting dark lecture theatres". This annual festival takes place 11-13 May 2020. More info here 

University of Cambridge Public Engagement Website

Visit for all the latest public engagement activities happening in Cambridge and sign up for their monthly e-bulletin here.

University of Cambridge Research News

Any exciting news to share? Contact the Research Communications team.

Engaged Researcher Training

Offer lots of exciting training opportunities covering all areas of professional engagement with research by combining expert lead practical workshops and taught sessions.

Funding for Public Engagement Activities

The Public Engagement Starter Fund is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

Applications for the 2020 round of funding can be submitted between 30 March and 17 May 2020. The decision will be confirmed by end of July 2020.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) also a range of funding opportunities available to support public engagement activities.

Competitions and Awards

FameLab is the only international science communication competition designed to find, train and mentor scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for research with the public.

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 

University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement in Research Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in research impact and public engagement with research. The 2020 will be open for applications from 18 May to 19 July 2020.

Explore the many other different approaches to Public Engagement...

  • Understand the media - make your story newsworthy, consider your key message, target popular news outlets and influencers, consider specialist press
  • Use social media platforms, write a blog, and analyse uptake with on-line analytics tools. 
  • Be creative! Use videos, infographics and animation, interactive engagement through Game design, comedy.
  • Work with museums, schools, public spaces dedicated for engagement activities.
More ideas and guidance can be found on the NCCPE website.