The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECRs) involved in community engagement to participate in a Summer School from the 11th – 13th of July 2017 at Lancaster University. 

Sharing methods and insights around effective engagement, this event aims to develop ECRs’ capabilities in carrying out research with communities, and stimulate discussion and debate around how we capture the value and evidence the academic and societal impact of these approaches. Featuring a keynote from Professor Rachel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, delegates will take part in a series of paper presentations, discussions, and creative workshops to enrich their understandings and applications of community engagement in a wide range of research contexts. 

Areas for discussion will include, but are not restricted to:

• Participation and co-​production with communities

• Methods and tools for community engagement

• Engaging with diverse and minority communities

• Approaches for capturing the value of effective community engagement

• The challenges of evidencing the impact of effective community engagement

This program of activities will offer an inspirational and supportive space to exchange insights on broader aspects of research and career development, including approaches to generating research questions, writing research bids, and engagement with diverse public audiences both for research and sharing ideas.

Call for Participation: Application Process
To apply to take part in the Summer School ECRs should refer to the eligibility criteria within the Application Pack before completing the enclosed application form. For the Summer School, we ask successful applicants to prepare a 10 minute presentation of their research, which may include emerging concepts, theories, reflections, methodological innovations, findings, questions, or concerns. Watch the 2016 Leapfrog Summer School film to find out more.

Completed application forms should be sent to Cara Broadley at c.​broadley@​gsa.​ac.​uk.

Registration Fees and Deadlines
Early bird registration fees of £150.00 should be paid by 5pm on Friday 21st April. Please note that numbers are limited, and in the event that capacity is reached, a waiting list will be operated. After this date the fee will increase to £200.00, payable by 5pm on Friday 5th of May.

Full details of the registration fee payment process will be provided to delegates following their acceptance.

Bursaries
A number of bursaries are available to contribute to UK and EU delegates’ registration fees, travel, and accommodation expenses. Leapfrog is keen to support ECRs who would not otherwise be able to attend the Summer School. Please explain in your application form how this support would be of benefit.

For further information please contact Cara Broadley, Leapfrog Research Associate, on c.​broadley@​gsa.​ac.​uk