The Natural History Public Engagement Bootcamp is a four-week course tailored specifically to supporting postgraduate students who carry out research on the natural environment and are interested in public engagement. The four sessions that comprise the course will be interactive and provide practical opportunities to explore the variety of ways in which researchers can interact with and involve public groups.
The Natural History Public Engagement Bootcamp aims to:
- Increase and develop postgraduate students’ skills relevant to public engagement.
- Develop postgraduate students’ knowledge and attitudes to enable them to embed public engagement into their research activity.
- Build a community of peer support between students attending the course.
- Enable the creation and enhancement of internal and external networks between students, staff and organisations.
- Create and enable opportunities to experiment with, reflect on, evaluate and learn from different types of public engagement.
The course is developed in collaboration with the Learning and Discovery team at ZSL and is open London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership students in cohorts two and three.
- Session one will provide a background of what public engagement with research and context for developing participants’ skills around public engagement.
- Session two will revolve around critical reflection of examples of public engagement and understanding the importance of evaluation.
- Session three will allow participants to meet practitioners and hear first-hand experiences of public engagement.
- Session four will provide practical skills looking at formats where participants can plan and implement their ideas around public engagement with their research.
Small scale funding opportunity
The participants on the Natural History Public Engagement Bootcamp will also develop their skills in engaging public audiences in settings such as museums, zoos and botanical gardens and have the opportunity to apply for funds to create activity that will form part of a Grant Museum of Zoology public event.
N.B. The course is weekly from Thurs 25 Jan to Thurs 15 Feb, 10am to 12.30pm. Ideally you should be available for all sessions.
To apply, please complete our online form before the 14th January 2018.