Dialogue Academy

Embedding dialogue and debate


Dialogue in action

Dialogue in action

Dialogue in action

Dialogue in action

Dialogue in action

Dialogue in action

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The dialogue academies

The dialogue academies were free training workshops for those working within the science communication sector. The focal point of the project, the dialogue academies were active and hands-on, bringing together 130 individuals from over 70 different organisations around the United Kingdom. The academies aimed to integrate discussion and debate about contemporary science issues into everyday practice within attendees’ organisations.

The content included:

  • facilitation skills
  • ice-breakers
  • evaluation
  • funding tips, and
  • the popular dialogue marketplace, full of dialogue activity ideas

All of the resources from the academies can be found on the resources page

Four dialogue academies were held at different locations throughout the UK.

Each academy was divided into two parts. Part one ran over two days and was followed by a gap of about of eight weeks before part two. During this eight week period participants devised and delivered a dialogue activity of their own.

Part two of the course was held over a single day. It was an opportunity for participants to share the learning and experiences gained from their dialogue activities with each other and the team.

When and Where:

At-Bristol, Bristol


Part one: 23 and 24 September 2009

Part two: 25 November 2009

Thinktank, Birmingham


Part one: 11 and 12 January 2010

Part two: 26 March 2010

Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow


Part one: 27 and 28 January 2010

Part two: 30 March 2010

Centre for Life, Newcastle


Part one: 20 and 21 April 2010

Part two: 14 June 2010

There are no current plans for further dialogue academies; however you can find the presentations, notes and activities used on the resources page.

Who attended

The dialogue academies attracted participants with diverse roles within the science communication sector. They brought a variety of experience to the sessions, coming from science centres, zoos, universities, charities and independent companies.

See the map to find out where the dialogue academy participants came from.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:33 )