Public Engagement Training Workshop 2

To support the European Solar Physics community's outreach and engagement efforts, we’re organising our second training event with our partners at NUSTEM.

This autumn we’re inviting you to join us at Northumbria University on 10th & 11th October 2022.

This two-day event will develop the outreach and engagement skills of the community through a series of workshops and activities. It is free to attend.

The workshop, aimed at solar scientist who are new to science communication will explore: the rational for communicating science, methods and examples of practice form the field of science communications. They will then explore their own science and begin to develop outreach ideas based upon their own work.

Over the two days participants will meet a variety of other solar scientists, discussion their work in the context of science communication and meet experts from within the science communication community who will share their expertise and support the development of new ideas from the European Solar Physics community.

Financial support is being offered to help with attendees travel and accomodation.

To register for the event, please fill out the form at this link.

For enquiries please send an email to Richard Morton


October 10-11th 2022, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Venue: Great Hall, Northumbria University.

Target audience: early-career researchers looking for an introduction to science communication. We'll cover a range of contexts, opportunities and approaches. We'll pay particular attention to what we're aiming to achieve and how we'd know if we were doing it well.

The training team is still being finalised, but will include specialists with decades of experience and expertise in science communication, including training and consulting with international audiences.

Monday 10th October

Morning: Theory and Context

09:00    Coffee, pastries 
09:30    Welcome & notices 
09:45    Morning session 

In the morning, we'll cover:

- Our existing work (if any) in science communicaation; our individual reasons for attending.
- Approaches, contexts, methodologies: mapping audiences, venues, opportunities, interaction models.
- Funding routes - who pays for this?
- Objectives: what are we hoping to achieve? For whom?
- Where's your comfort zone? What sounds like an exciting challenge? What's too challenging... for now?

Afternoon: Skills & Techniques

- Performance and facilitation skills - talking to and working with audiences.
- Language, explanations, and jargon.
- How participants learn: pedagogies, common tools and techniques, challenges.
- What's working, and what does 'working' mean anyway: evaluation.
- Working with schools - practical advice and worked examples.

Evening: social

Details to be confirmed

Tuesday 11th October

In the second day, you'll build on the background, context, skills and techniques from day 1 to originate possible science communication projects. We'll assess the ideas collectively, then (working in groups) you'll develop some of them into pitch proposals, with support from our team of facilitators. These pitches will outline (as appropriate):

- Target audiences
- Engagement model(s)
- Content: what's the science?
- Resources required, including funding
- Success criteria and evaluation strategy
- Project risk, including possible ethical, safety and practical challenges, and mitigation strategies

In the afternoon, as the culmination of the workshop, your team will pitch your proposed project to our expert panel. The panel will judge the proposals, presenting prestigious trophies to the team with the best combination of project and pitch.

To be clear: these are entirely hypothetical projects, and the prestigious trophies are not guaranteeed to survive your journey home.

Finish time: 16:00.

Travel to Newcastle upon Tyne

Air Travel
Newcastle has an international airport that is connected to major hubs (e.g. Schipol and Brussels). So if a direct flight does not exists, hopefully you can go via another major European airport.

Getting to/from Newcastle Airport:
* It is possible to get the local Metro system into the city centre. Tickets cost around £3 one way and the journey is 20-30 minutes.
* Taxis are also available at the airport, with the journey taking around 15-20 minutes and costing between £15-£20.

You can get a train direct to Newcastle from most major UK train stations.


There are plenty of hotels in Newcastle City Center and surrounding Northumbria. Here are a few suggestions

Holiday Inn, Jesmond (~£50 per night)
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Grey Street Hotel (~£80 per night)
2-12 Grey Street, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, NE1 6EE


Travelodge (Basic ~£42 per night) Riverview Buildings 32 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3BE

Hampton by Hilton (~£60 per night)
Neville Street Baron House, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5EN

Hotel Indigo (~£70 per night) 2/8 Fenkle Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5XU,%20Newcastle%20Upon%20Tyne,%20GB&qCiMy=12020&qCiD=5&qCoMy=12020&qCoD=6&qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qRtP=6CBARC&qIta=99618083&qSlH=NCLIN&qAkamaiCC=GB&qSrt=sBR&