Our Public Engagement Trainings enable researchers from all disciplines to interact with citizens and stakeholders. The acquired skills and tools will qualify researchers for careers inside and outside academic, inspire new collaborations or interdisciplinary research topics and enhance the success rates in the acquisition of funding.

Potential content of the trainings

  • Trends and developments in science-society dialogues
  • Benefit, challenges, barriers and goals of public communication of your research project
  • Public Engagement as a Key to Funding: Impact-oriented proposal development focusing on dissemination, co-creation and Stakeholder-Engagement
  • Relationship Management with Stakeholders from economy, politics and society
  • Formats, best practice, tipps and tools of Public Engagement

Our offer

  • Concept and facilitation of individually designed science communication and public engagement trainings for higher education institutes in Germany and Europe

  • Hands-on interactive trainings combining theory with creative methods like gamestorming, LEGO Serious Play, role play or creating possible futures. Co-creative formats like open spaces or makerthons are possible as well.

  • Each training is designed individually in line with the situation and needs of the particular institution as well as the target group

  • All trainings can be conducted online or on-site. They can be held in German or English. The duration of the trainings can vary from two hours up to two days.

  • Most of our trainings gather 15-30 participants. Depending on the number we conduct the training with 1-3 facilitators.

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

Do not hesitate to contact us!

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Examples for Trainings

For more information, please click on the particular title of the training.

Combinations of these examples are possible – we are happy to create an individually matched training program for your institution! Depending on the topic and the objectives of the workshop we collaborate with external experts – you will find more information on our training team below.

Training Team

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.
Esther Rüßler
Esther Rüßler
Esther Rüßler supports the team of the city2science GmbH as project manager since 2014. After studying dramatics at Mainz University and Université de Nanterre (Paris), she is responsible for the concept development and implementation of local and regional science communication formats, i.e. the European Students Parliament of Science and Science Night Ruhr. She organised the Dortmund Mini Maker Faire 2014, supported the Maker Faire Ruhr and was responsible for organising the Maker Faire OWL 2019. Esther Rüßler is profoundly experienced in HORIZON 2020 proposal development processes, including structural requirements, content and approach. From 2019-2021 she coordinated the RDF-Project “Make OWL” that was aiming at creating a Maker culture in East Westphalia-Lippe.
Minea Gartzlaff
Minea Gartzlaff
Minea Gartzlaff is part of the team since January 2019. With a Bachelor degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Science studies she is an expert in the Philosophy of Science and specialised in the relation of science and society. While supporting proposal writing processes at city2science and designing and facilitating public engagement Trainings she also is a PHD student at Bielefeld University.
She is experienced in both – working in EU and DFG funded projects. She was responsible for the concept and organisation of the Social Makerthon #CreateYourope and is doing research and concept work for our public engagement trainings.

International Public Engagement experts

Our training team can be complemented 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.

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.