Enhance researchers’ learning: IAS Academy course

For years we’ve heard from scientists, particular those near the start of their career, that taking part in I’m a Scientist is effective experiential learning – ‘on the job’ training for communication skills and a ‘crash course in scicomm’ and public engagement.

IAS Academy ASK questions help you articulate what you;re learning

IAS Academy is designed to help scientists take full advantage of this learning experience. It’s a short online course consisting of specialised ASK questions and Live CHAT Tutorials based on the NCCPE Engage Framework Good practice principles for public engagement and science capital concepts.

Taking the course allows researchers to:

  • better articulate and understand what they are learning while engaging with students
  • build their understanding of public engagement fundamentals
  • be more effective when planning future outreach activities

The Academy acts as a personal space for researchers to reflect on their engagement as it’s happening (a key part of learning theory) during I’m a Scientist, improving the quality of future engagement activities.

Read more about benefits for researchers in the June 2019 Academy evaluation report.


It was a great opportunity to really think about what I was getting from the event… I think without the Academy I wouldn’t have actually sat down and thought about the various types of outreach and the pros/cons of each!

PhD researcher


Access to IAS Academy

Individual researchers

Researchers given a free place in IAS after applying online can join the IAS Academy course for £100/€120 + VAT. Your institution will often fund this for you. Respond to your email offer or contact antony@mangorol.la to join.


Institutions can guarantee places for their researchers in both I’m a Scientist/Engineer and the Academy online course, building capacity and quality of engagement.
Find out more about the Academy Training Packages→

Get in touch with shane@mangorol.la to discuss access to the IAS Academy for your Early Career Researchers alongside their participation in I’m a Scientist.

The experience for Early Career Researchers


…students were asking questions that weren’t directly related to my work, so initially I kept quiet, but then talking about it with Hannah and the other scientists, and reflecting on the Academy questions made me consider my work in terms of ‘social influence’

PhD researcher

Here’s how you as an ECR can use the Academy to boost your personal development when taking part in IAS:

Answer six ASK questions

Every couple of days during the IAS activity, you’ll receive a short ASK question to answer in the Academy. This could be based on your experience of IAS that day or material related to topics such as Science Capital and the Engage Framework from NCCPE. It will include links to useful resources and material to help your learning and inform your answers.

Supported learning

Dr Hannah Little, UWE science communication lecturer (and past IAS alum!) will be online to provide feedback and advice throughout the course- in response to ASK questions and in the Live CHAT Tutorial sessions.

Connect with your peers

There’s a group of early career researchers in the Academy, all taking part in IAS alongside you:

  • Share your experiences from the school zones in the Academy lunchtime CHATs
  • Swap tips for taking on the students’ questions
  • Learn from and comment on each other’s ASK answers

And generally enjoy meeting people from a range of disciplines going through the same thing for two weeks.

Resource Library

Example of a Learning resources page

Use the Library section of the Academy site to find all the currently available resources related to the ASK questions.

These links have been curated by IAS and UWE Science Communication lecturer Dr Hannah Little to give you more info about best practice, provoke reflection around your own engagement and provide context on current thinking in public engagement.

Your space

No students, teachers, or other scientists not given access to the Academy site can see what you write, either in ASK section or in Live Chats.

Evidence your development

Complete the IAS Academy by answering all six ASK questions. After the event you’ll be presented with a certificate evidencing your development- useful for demonstrating the effort you’ve put into your CPD as a researcher. You also receive a log containing all your answers to questions in the course as evidence of your learning.

How to join the course

Access to the IAS Academy costs £100/€120 + VAT for researchers taking part in I’m a Scientist. Simply tell us you would like to join in reply to your offer email and we’ll send you an invoice along with your log in details for the site.

Any questions? Contact antony@mangorol.la or call +44 1225 326 892