Public engagement is a term that is being thrown around more and more these days but what does it mean to us?

Basically, as scientists we need to be able to talk about our work, not only to other scientists but also to the media, patients or clients. Grant funding bodies have recently been pushing to get all scientist involved and The Wellcome Trust are even asking for details of public engagement commitment from all funding applicants.

If you would like to improve your scientific communication skills or just flesh out your CV, there are many ways to get involved.

The RVC holds regular public engagement development workshops with the aim of developing communication skills for different audiences - see the HR Training and Development Programme or contact training@rvc.ac.uk for details.

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