Top ten mistakes made by researchers when engaging the public (keynote or presentation)

A high-energy combination of demonstrations, theory and practical tips on how best to engage non-specialist audiences.  This interactive presentation is based on the principle that sometimes it’s good to state the blindingly obvious. You may cringe at some of these howlers, but we’ve all made them at some point in our presenting careers.

Presenting STEM to young people and the public (1 day course)

This experiential course is designed specifically to give researchers the skills and confidence to reveal the excitement and relevance of their research to audiences during public presentations. The course can be adapted to the needs of particular groups by selecting from amongst the following topics:
• why engage the public in your research?
• confidence in making presentations
• presentation skills to evoke emotions and engage
• engaging audiences of different ages
• practical issues in working with schools
• explaining STEM concepts as accessibly and accurately as possible
• presenting demonstrations
• presenting hands-on workshops and discussions
• overview of national STEM engagement opportunities
• how to develop your own engaging presentations
• evaluating presentations.

Support notes will be provided for all delegates. Due to the experiential nature of the course and individual feedback given to each participant, it is necessary to restrict the numbers on each course to a maximum of 20 people. Within this limit, the fewer the people, the greater the amount of individual support can be given to each researcher.

Paul was a great trainer – friendly, knowledgeable, willing to answer our questions. The training, as well as its delivery method, was very rich and entertaining. Still the message came through very clearly.
Delegate at PE course for British Antarctic Survey

Booking information

All PE presentations and training courses are delivered by Paul McCrory.

Most research councils offer funding to support training in public engagement and to allow PE elements to be successfully embedded in research proposals. Find out more at the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about any aspect of the sessions or to make a booking.