External training and development

Find training and development opportunities here from a range of external providers, such as from the UK Parliament.

A number of organisations are offering on-line and in-person policy engagement training for researchers. If you have questions about the content or access to any of the training opportunities offered, please contact the Policy Engagement Team at [email protected].

INGSA2021 — Build Back Wiser: Knowledge, Policy and Publics in Dialogue

4th International Conference on Science Advice to Governments

International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is as forum for policymakers, practitioners, national academies, scientific societies, and researchers to share experience, build capacities, and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

This year’s INGSA annual conference will bring together more than 1,500 political representatives, diplomats and government science advisors to promote scientific expertise and the use of scientific knowledge in informing policy decisions in an increasingly complex world. The conference will focus on three main themes: “Promise and Pandemic: Reshaping Science Advice”; “Foresight and Resilience: From SDGs to Emerging Technologies”; and “Evidence and Democracy: Sustaining Trust in a Challenging World”. Participation is free and you can register here.

The conference will feature a Digital Posters platform, which will enable participants to provide short and compelling pre-recorded video presentations on research or innovations across the field of science advice and science diplomacy. Digital Posters will be accepted based on submission of a written abstract no later than 11 April 2021. More information about how to submit an abstract for a Digital Poster can be found here.

When: from 30 August to 2 September 2021 (in hybrid and virtual format)

STEPPS Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government seminar

Science advice for energy policy: Who’s afraid of epistemic diversity?

This online discussion is being run by Science Advice for Policy by European Academies and will focus on how scientific evidence and advice can help address complex challenges in the field of energy policy. The session will be centred on a multi-disciplinary and multi-perspective dialogue via an innovative, interactive design. The aim is to practically demonstrate the need for interdisciplinary knowledge (sociology, economics, behavioural science, engineering, geosciences, etc.) to inform policy, the varying starting points and approaches of these disciplines, and the challenge of integrating them to become useful for policymakers.

When: 14:00–15:30 CEST, 7 September 2021

STEPPS Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government seminar

The Strengthening and Transferring Evidence for Policies and Politics Society (STEPPS) is presenting an internationally orientated online seminar on ‘Knowledge Brokering between Research and Government’. They would like to foster a discussion on deepening the understanding of this new profession, and would like to invite anyone with an interest to be a part of this attempt. Key topics that will be addressed include:

  • Access to new knowledge for policymakers
  • Creating new policy knowledge
  • Translating knowledge to pragmatic options for decision makers
  • Translating evidence to politics and the public. There is a fee for this event but as a member of UPEN, members of the University receive a 30% discount.


10:00 – 16:30 BST, 22 September 2021

AHRC Engaging with Government course 2022

The AHRC is inviting applications from arts and humanities researchers, at all career stages, to attend the three-day 'Engaging with Government' course which will be held on 22-24 February 2022. The course is designed to help researchers develop the skills needed to pursue the policy implications of their research and build links between policymakers and the most dynamic new research in the arts and humanities. The Humanities Research Facilitation team made this video last year, which offers advice about applying for the course.  You can also read this blog post about the experience of OPEN Leader Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson (Classics), who attended the course in 2018.

Deadline: 17:00 BST, 28 October 2021