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We have a number of free training courses available to help you learn about and develop your public engagement skills. Unless otherwise stated these courses are available to all (DPhil students, researchers at all levels, and support staff). They are run jointly with MPLS.

NOTE: You should always ensure that you check that you can attend courses before you book, and make a note of them in your own calendar. Please note that where stated, a refundable deposit may be payable. This deposit will only be refunded if you attend the session or notify us of withdrawal in good time. Full terms and conditions will be provided. 



An introduction for those looking to get started in public engagement with research covering the basics of what it is, how to get started and a chance to be inspired by those already doing it. You will also have the chance to start developing your own plans, get feedback and get pointers to further support and information.

09.30-12.30 | 20 Feb 2019 (Booking now open)
09.30-12.30 | 04 June 2019 (Booking not yet available)


Discover what elements of storytelling and narrative can be used to enhance a profession in the sciences. Craft compelling and moving stories from your experiences as a scientist using these key story elements: character, conflict, structure, metaphor and description. Apply these storytelling and narrative skills to working in the sciences: communicating research to a range of audiences (including publics, media and funding bodies); enhancing presentation skills; telling scientific stories across a range of media. Robert Holtom is a professional storyteller and consultant who has worked with a range of organisations to help them refine and hone their stories for a variety of audiences.

10.00-16.00 | 29 Jan 2019 (Booking now open)
10.00-16.00 | 14 May 2019 (Booking not yet available)

A refundable deposit may be payable.


From inception to publication; this practical session delivered by Emily Elias, journalist and producer of the Oxford Sparks podcast series, is a whirlwind tour through the basics of how to share your research in an engaging manner through podcasting. The session will introduce approaches to podcasting, present inspiration from a range of different podcast styles, and take you step-by-step through the basic technical skills of recording, editing and publishing audio files; you’ll have the chance to develop an idea and have a go recording it with support and feedback during the day.

N.B. Please note that you will need to bring a laptop and headphones.

09.00-17.00 | 28 Feb 2019 (Booking not yet available)
09.00-17.00 | 28 May 2019 (Booking not yet available)

A refundable deposit may be payable.


This introductory session will introduce you to what, why and how of turning your engagement into a rich, two-way conversation with your public audiences; dialogue and debate are valuable approaches to move beyond communication to involve and consult wider publics in the research process. It can also provide the means to make any informative activity more engaging for those taking part. The session, delivered by Bridget Holligan, Director of Education and Engagement at Science Oxford, will highlight examples, practical tips and provide the opportunity for you to start to develop your own ideas and plans.

09.30–12.30 | 30 Apr 2019 (Booking not yet available)

A refundable deposit may be payable. 


Do you have an idea you'd like to develop or get funding for? Need advice or a sounding board for a new project? If you'd like help with anything public engagement related please contact the Divisional Public Engagement with Research Coordinator Naomi Gibson


There's a range of training opportunities and resources available across the University, visit the University support pages to find out more.
Something missing? Let us know what topics or types of courses you would like.