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Public Engagement Training Workshop

Designed to offer a complete introduction to the core skills necessary in communicating endocrinology to non-specialists.

Offering a mixture of theory, principles and practical exercises, this workshop caters for nervous novices through to confident speakers.

Date and location

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 9:30 – 17:00 (lunch provided)
The Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, UK.

Registration for the workshop is free for Society members, and the Society will contribute up to  £150 towards travel expenses.

Course Content

This workshop aims to help you build the skills to harness your passion for endocrinology and communicate it to the wider public. By taking a topic that you care about, this course will set you on the path to understanding how to communicate to the public in a manner that suits your own personal strengths and style.

In addition, the workshop will help you to understand how to pare down key messages without sacrificing accuracy.

Most importantly, the content of the course will be tailored to the needs of those attending, ensuring you get the most of your day’s training and not a generic outline of the current science communication landscape.

It will help participants understand the following aspects of science communication:

  • The fundamental skills underlying being understandable & engaging;
  • How to simplify & condense your message appropriately for a lay audience;
  • How to bring your message to life using voice, body, props  and other hooks;
  • Targeting different audiences;
  • Educational theories underpinning the science communication processes;
  • How presenting becomes performance.  Stages of development: becoming entertaining.
  • Different communication styles: discovering your own style.

About the presenter

Tom Pringle is known worldwide as the science performer Dr Bunhead (from Brainiac and many other TV programmes).  He has written and presented over 100 television features, and delivered over 2,000 live performances to more than a quarter of a million people across all six inhabited continents. Having trained thousands of university academics, school teachers, technicians and science communication professionals across the globe, this course will offer great insight into the world of public engagement. 

The workshop will run alongside the SfE Clinical Update, SfE Endocrine Nurse Update and the Career Development Workshop, providing attendees with a fantastic opportunity to network with other Society members.

Registration for the workshop is free for Society members, and the Society will contribute up to  £150 towards travel expenses.

Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. To get the most out of the day, participants will be asked to make time for a short Skype or phone conversation with the trainer in advance of the workshop.

Spaces are limited, application deadline is 4 April 2018.



Apply for your place at the Public Engagement Training Workshop 2018