Top Tips for Successful Public Engagement!

In collaboration with The PhD Survival Project, we recently held an online discussion on “How to Survive Public Engagement and Research Communication”. The session was hosted by our very own Jamie Khoo (PGR Liaison Officer), with contributions from a range speakers – including 3 Minute Thesis and PhD Spotlight competition winners, Falling Walls finalists and people who have gained large readerships for their published writing in non-specialist blogs/websites.

They discussed their personal process of preparing for and participating in public engagement events, and also shared insider tips for communicating your research confidently and effectively, and how to overcome challenges in the process.

Check out the ‘Top Tips’ from each of our speakers below, as well as the open discussion from the session. And if you’re interested in more Public Engagement, don’t miss out on our York 3 Minute Thesis 2020 final – we’re announcing the 10 finalists for our online final soon!

Also if you want a quick summary of the key take-away points, take a look at Everything you Need for Successful Public Engagement

Chair: Jamie Khoo
PhD Candidate, Centre for Women’s Studies
PGR Liaison Officer 2019-2020
York 3MT 2018 Winner
Vitae National 3MT 2018 People’s Choice Award
Falling Walls Lab, Surrey 2018: Finalist

William Trickey
PhD Candidate, Department of Physics
York 3MT 2019 Winner 
Vitae National 3MT 2019 Finalist
Co-founder, ‘A Glass of Seawater’ Podcast

Shruti Mandhani
PhD Candidate, Department of Materials Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University
Vitae National 3MT 2019 Judges’ Award

Mickey Conn
PhD Candidate, Department of Social Work and Social Policy
York 3MT 2018 Finalist
University Challenge 2019 contestant
Organiser, University of York PGR Forum

Kristl Kirk
PhD Candidate, Department of Music
York PhD Spotlight Competition Faculty Winner (Arts & Humanities)

Giampaolo Pitruzzello
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics
TedX Catania speaker
Falling Walls Lab: London 2019, Winner 
Falling Walls 2019 international finalist
York 3MT 2018 Runner Up
Pint of Science speaker

|| Additional resources (as mentioned in discussion) ||
Crossing Borders (University of York journal for humanities and social science)
Three Minute Thesis, York
Falling Walls
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