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Make them care...about your research

(12 February 2021)

Funded by Durham’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), this workshop has been tailored specifically to help researchers enhance communication skills and learn how to engage external audiences with their research. Participation in the programme is free, but there is a limit of 30 places, so booking will be on a first come first served basis.To book a place on this four-part workshop please click here. Please note: Whilst the training programme is open to all Durham academics and early career researchers, it is funded by the ESRC IAA Fund which means, if there is great demand for places, priority will be given to social science colleagues. 

At the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand what emotional engagement is and why it is important;
  • Understand how storytelling visually and verbally facilitates emotional engagement;
  • Learn and implement verbal and visual storytelling tools to present research projects.

Structure & content:

This workshop comprises of four sessions and participants on the programme should commit to attending all sessions and to setting a personal action plan to achieve maximum benefit.

All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

SESSION ONE: Wednesday 3 March, 11am–1pm

  • Theory behind emotional engagement and why audiences need to be engaged rationally, emotionally and visually
  • How to find the stories in your research
  • Different story structures

SESSION TWO: Thursday 4 March, 11am–1pm

• Storytelling techniques 

• Visual storytelling techniques 

• How to present 

• How to draw 


SESSION THREE: Friday 5 March, 11am–1pm

  • Recap on how to present and how to draw 
  • Instructions for practical task – create and deliver a 5 minute video presentation on your research 

SESSION FOUR: Tuesday 9 March, 1.30pm-3.30pm

• Feedback and critique of submitted videos 

• Feedback on workshop


Participants will be supported throughout the programme with access to a dedicated Slack channel from one week prior, to one week after the programme ends. Slack will provide access to the trainers and the cohort outside of the live sessions to ask questions, share ideas and resources and to chat with other participants.

Participants will also be provided with the following:

• PDF workbook to follow throughout the sessions.

• Dedicated training webpage with:

• onboarding page with full details of the programme: where to join Zoom; access to Slack and how it works; where to find course materials etc

• dedicated course materials page to download workbooks, PowerPoint and live scribed drawings

• WeVu page link and instructions 

• further reading/help page

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