Our Public Engagement Trainings enable researchers from all fields to interact with societal actors and have their research and career benefit from it. The acquired skills and tools deliver new research topics, enhance impact and contribute to successful acquisition of funding.

Our offer

We design our trainings to suit your needs and target group. Possible topics include:

  • Public Engagement: How to Engage Effectively
  • Public Engagement as a Key to Funding
  • Relationship Management with Stakeholders

Our Public Engagement Trainings combine input provided by internationally experienced experts with interactive session in which participants will learn and practice new tools and skills they can apply in future research projects and funding proposals. An example of a typical training schedule can be found here. The trainings can be held in universities, research institutions, doctoral schools or other venues. Target groups are early career researchers from different backgrounds. After the trainings, they will be able to meet key challenges for 21st century researchers: Engagement, Openness and Participation.

Training Team

Our training team is composed of internationally-experienced public engagement experts. They are part of a worldwide community of public engagement professionals and communicate the newest insights and methods by using innovative training formats.

Dr. Annette Klinkert
Dr. Annette Klinkert
Dr. Annette Klinkert is an internationally experienced workshop facilitator, trainer and science communicator. Since 2012 she is CEO of city2science, a German company developing innovative communication approaches connecting scientific institutions with urban and regional development strategies. Over the last 10 years Annette Klinkert has initiated and conceptualized a number of large-scale science communication formats across Germany, such as the science festivals GENIALE, FameLab Germany, WissensNacht Ruhr, MakerFaire Ruhr and Maker OWL.
Since 2016, Annette Klinkert is the Executive Director of the European Science Engagement Association EUSEA, an international network of more than 110 science organisations, science festivals, foundations and public institutions ( EUSEA inspires innovative science engagement strategies and formats, based on dialogues between researchers, policy-makers, citizens and stakeholders.
Based on professional expertise in science communication, public engagement and city management, Annette Klinkert provides practical experiences in multi-stakeholder dialogues and co-creative processes such as Knowledge Metropolis Ruhr. A focus of city2science are qualified trainings for early career researchers and support in impact-oriented proposal design within European and national research programs.
Peter Broks
Peter Broks
Peter Broks started his working life as a journalist and freelance photographer before turning to academia and research into science communication. He now has over thirty years experience of combining theory with practice, working closely not only with scientists and media professionals but also graphic designers, illustrators, and fine artists. He helped to design and deliver the ground-breaking undergraduate award in Science, Society and the Media at the University of the West of England and was the research officer for NUCLEUS – a Horizon2020 project in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). With a strong focus on practical implementation, NUCLEUS strives to overcome institutional barriers to embedding RRI into the governance and culture of research organisations. Most recently he is the creator of the “Alchemical Workshop” – an innovative format that can be used with small groups of students or at large conferences.
Jon Rea
Jon Rea
Jon Rea is Engagement and Participation Lead for Nottingham City Council in the UK and a specialist in involving citizens in strategic and operational decision-making. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a First in Humanities, Jon worked for the British Trade and Investment Office in the USA and ran an independent publishing company in Nottingham. Since 2005, Jon has developed strategies and plans for active citizen participation in decision making within local authority commissioning processes. He has worked with the UK’s Core Cities group, the British Council’s Future Cities programme and on a number of EU partner projects, including PLACES and NUCLEUS, and globally with university and government partners in China and South Africa. Jon co-ordinates Nottingham’s Stemcity science engagement partnership, and is one of the founders of the city’s annual Festival of Science and Curiosity. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a passionate advocate for ‘street-level’ citizen science engagement and co-creation in research, supporting more young people into science and technology careers and democratising science.



  • Public Engagement Masterclass (Programme Committee), July 2019, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, GB
  • Public Engagement Workshop “Start the Dialogue, Open Up Science! Reasons and Tools for Succesful Public Engagement”, November 2018, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Science Communication trainings for scientists for the Science Night Ruhr, 2015-2016
  • Workshop Science Communication Oberhausen and Dortmund, June 2014

Are you looking for trainings on Public Engagement for researchers? We create individual offers and concepts on request.

Do not hesitate to contact us!