This manual provides a framework to strategically think about and practice collaboration with others within and outside various disciplines. Aware of the different approaches in accordance with discipline, gender, and career goals, through case studies from lived experiences, the editors have compiled guidelines on: • How to start, build and maintain collaborative networks with diverse audiences, • The opportunities that exist internally and externally to networks, • How to resolve conflicts, overcome resistance, and build trust and confidence. With a wide scope in both content and reach, this book is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and their supporters alike, particularly those who are looking to engage with various audiences such as individuals, institutions, private companies, and governments.

How can doctoral and postdoctoral researchers engage with the public?

How can doctoral and postdoctoral researchers engage with the public?

In this chapter you are invited to consider:

  • The context of public engagement
  • The variety of public engagement activity
  • Some issues you need to be aware of when engaging with the public
  • Some of the distinct benefits public engagement offers
  • Key points when designing and evaluating engagement activity
  • Some exciting and emergent trends

As highlighted in Chapters 2 and 3, there are many structured opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to engage with the public, either directly relating to their research or more generally. This chapter will specifically focus on how to engage the public with research, looking at potential audiences and the benefits of engaging in this way.

The public engagement context

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