Skills and training for researchers
As part of our Dementia Research Leaders programme, we offer opportunities for dementia researchers.
This section lists our own training sessions and webinars as well as signposting to other opportunities that may be relevant to people working in dementia research.
View our Mentoring for researchers page for more information on Alzheimer's Society's mentoring programme and also programmes from other organisations.
Our next webinar will guide potential applicants through the applications process. This will be held on Friday 8 September at 12.30 pm and will last for 1 hour. It will cover the grants that we offer, their upcoming deadlines and tips for submitting an application. Those participating in the webinar will be able to use the session to ask questions about the application process.
In order to participate, you will need to be a researcher based at a UK institution or NHS trust but do not need to be funded by Alzheimer's Society. You will also need to have access to a phone and computer.
If you are interested in participating in this webinar, please contact [email protected]
Media and Communications
To be a successful researcher it helps if you can communicate well about your research. This includes explaining your work clearly to a lay person and also being able to answer questions about it from the media. Alzheimer's Society helps our researchers to develop these skills in a number of ways:
- In the future we'll be holding a media and communications workshop for people in our Dementia Research Leaders programme. Details on the session and how to register will be posted here at a later date.
- Researchers who want to gain experience writing for a lay audience can contribute to our quarterly research magazine. Please contact the editor to find out how to contribute an article.
- We invite people in our Dementia Research Leaders programme to attend our annual conference where they can present a poster or give a talk to an audience of carers and people affected by dementia.
- For researchers who want to share the findings of their research in novel ways, they should consider applying to us for a dissemination grant.
- The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has online learning materials for developing media and communication skills.
- The University of Bristol runs a Science Communications Masterclass every 6-9 months.
- Sense about Science run free workshops for early career researchers to learn how to talk to the public and the media about their research.
- The Royal Society runs a host of different communications and media training opportunities for researchers with an associated fee.
- Researchers who are funded by or working on a BBSRC grant or working at a BBSRC institution can take a free course in public engagement.
- The Royal Society of Biology periodically offers training events on relevant topics such as presentation skills, working with the media and persuasive writing.
Patient and public involvement
One way to increase the impact and reach of your research is to involve the public and patient community. This can help reach new audiences with your findings, improve recruitment to your studies and most importantly make sure your research is addressing the needs of people affected by dementia.
Alzheimer's Society has a very active programme of patient and public involvement that includes the co-design and co-delivery of dementia research. If you are interested in working with us to develop your experience in this area, contact [email protected]
- INVOLVE has a detailed set of online guidance notes for researchers who wish to develop their skills in public and patient involvement.
- For biomedical researchers near London, the Joint Research office holds training sessions in public and patient involvement.