UCL Research Domains


Engaging Policymakers and the Media

9.30am to 1pm, Thursday, 20 April 2017
Venue: Wilkins Garden Room (this room is just to the right of the Jeremy Bentham auto-icon, just off South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL)
This is a Methods Workshop

  • How can research findings inform public policy?
  • How can you engage journalists to share your findings with the wider public?
  • How do you integrate a successful communications and dissemination plan into a research project?
  • Programme
  • Registration

With research councils increasingly requiring detailed pathways to impact plans as an element of a successful project bid, the ability to demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of policy change and avenues of public influence is a key skill for any early career researcher.

The International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change. Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Drawing on our experience of briefing Ministers, working with policymakers and explaining our findings to broadcast and print journalists, this workshop will prepare early career researchers to communicate the significance of their research to these stakeholders.

This workshop has been convened by the Collaborative Social Science Domian in partnership with the International Longevity Centre (ILC) and generously supported by UCL Public Policy

Please note:

  • This workshop will be a small group session which will be highly participative
  • The workshop will certainly interest researchers with ageing interests but all UCL researchers are invited to participate. 
  • Only 20 places are available
  • To register for this workshop, participants will be asked to answer some very short questions about their research and forward a summary (about 200 words) of their current research interests/activities.  These details will form part of the workshop activities.
  • Workshop Programme