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Visuals and Props for Public Engagement Events

The Challenge

As an academic you will be expected to take part in public engagement events to help disseminate your research to the wider public.  This can be a daunting prospect…

Students preparing visuals for Public Engagement
The Solution

By the end of this workshop/seminar you will have:

  • Explored a number of creativity techniques to come up with new ideas for props and visuals that you might use for public engagement.

  • Produced a mind-map detailing the new ideas.


In this postgraduate training workshop/seminar you will use creativity techniques to explore innovative ways to explain your research area to a lay audience. Selecting the correct visual aids for this activity can help break down communication barriers.

Topics covered include:

  • Divergent/convergent thinking;

  • Creativity techniques;

  • Examples of good practice.

Students preparing visuals for Public Engagement

Research Development Framework (RDF)

  • A1/A2/A3 Knowledge and intellectual abilities

  • B3 Personal effectiveness

  • D2/D3 Engagement, influence and impact

“Very informative workshop – great ideas on how to improve visual representation for your research for a variety of audiences.”

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