About the Event

The next VoYS workshop is being held at Manchester University on Wednesday 1 April 2022. As a sponsor of this event and partner organisation, SEB has 5 free priority places for our members. Secure your place to find out how to contribute research findings to public discussions and engage effectively with journalists and policymakers.

In this 1 day workshop, you will find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science. Meet researchers who have engaged with the media or politicians, learn from respected science journalists, find out how researchers can inform policymakers, get hints and tips from communications experts, and find out how to involve the public in communicating research.

You will learn about how to contribute your voice as an early career researcher., to public discussions about research and evidence, understand the societal and personal benefits of getting involved, and see how research is used in the media and policymaking. You will take away some tangible and practical engagement ideas.

This event is FREE for STEM and social science early career researchers, trainees and medical professionals. SEB members will have priority in applying for a slot. 

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for your place, please make sure you meet the following criteria: 

  • You must be working in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or medical field 
  • You must be working or living in the UK (there are other EU courses throughout the year so keep an eye out!)
  • You must be a PhD student or Early Career Scientist


Booking is now open and will close on the 21st of February. For more details on the event check out the Sense about Science website

Make sure to select that you are a member of the SEB when completing your registration form as 5 SEB members will be given priority booking if demand outstrips supply. These workshops are hugely popular and are often oversubscribed. 

Financial Support 

If you are a member of the SEB and secure a place on this workshop, you may also be eligible for the SEB Company of Biologists Travel grant. 

This is a separate scheme that can provide your travel costs to and from the event. 

For more details see our Company of Biologists grant  page.