Collaborative Futures Academy 2022: Ethics and Equity in Engagement Applications open - Deadline extended to 28 September

Over the past two years, more than 100 researchers and practitioners from across the world have explored how to connect research and the public in innovative and meaningful ways. Now it is your chance to be part of the Collaborative Futures Academy! Are you ready to push the boundaries of your engagement and join others to shape the future of research dialogue?

Across disciplines, researchers and practitioners are thinking about new and more ethical ways of collaborating with the public. To create a strong dialogue between research and society, engagement needs to be relevant, inclusive and adapt to different challenges. This immersive learning experience is an opportunity to reflect on your engagement practice and its place in the world. We will explore the ethics of different types of engagement, methods of co-creation and authentic strategies for including those who are often left out.

The Academy will empower you to develop a bold, creative and innovative engagement practice with integrity and equity at its heart.

To apply, read the information below and complete the application tool at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to get a feel for CFA then take a look back at last year's Academy: CFA 2021


What: An international, interdisciplinary Academy focused on ethics and equity in public engagement with research

When: Weekly sessions across November 2022, with core sessions every Wednesday from 11.00-14.00 GMT. See below for the planned schedule.

Format: A mix of expert-led masterclasses, group learning, practical workshops and individual reflection, delivered online.

For whom: International early career researchers and engagement practitioners who want to deepen their engagement practice.

Costs: free of charge to participants - but note the commitment section below

Themes: The programme is built around 4 thematic blocks and a closing week, covering:

  • Connecting to your purpose: exploring values and commitment in Public Engagement
  • Slow Engagement: responsible collaboration and co-production
  • Creating conditions for meaningful conversations
  • Becoming a champion for change: from advocacy to disruption
  • Strategically imagining the future - together and individually

Schedule: (click image to view as PDF)



How to apply:

  1. Before you start, please read the applicant commitment below.
  2. Prepare a short 1-minute video on the question of What does a culture of equitable and ethical research engagement look like to you? More details, including advice on video recording and possible alternative formats, can be found in the applicant guide.
  3. Complete the application form below and submit it together with your video. For reference, the full form is available here.

THE EXTENDEN Deadline for applications is WEDNESDAY 28 September 2022.

If you have any questions about the programme or application, please contact BerlinSchool@mfn.berlin



Applicant commitment:

The Academy is free of charge but it is a uniquely valuable and competitive opportunity. If you are offered a place, you are expected to fully commit to the entirety of the programme. By applying to join the CFA'22, you acknowledge the following:

  • The weekly time commitment is 6-7h over 5 weeks, which includes live online sessions, group work and individual tasks.
  • You are expected to attend all live sessions, and we ask you to actively participate in them. This means ensuring you have a functioning internet connection, are able to speak online and have your camera on. If you have any concerns about this, please contact us in advance.
  • We also expect you to complete the individual tasks such as any pre-session reading and reflective exercises. Reflection is an important part of the Academy and you will be asked to document your learning throughout.
  • To ensure the quality of the offer and to monitor your learning journey, we will be carrying out a follow-up evaluation. We ask for your consent to be contacted for this process.




About the Hosts

The Collaborative Futures Academy is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, Wellcome Connecting Science, the Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science and the Public, and the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science. It is funded by UK Higher Education Innovation Funding, The Wellcome Trust, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.


Over the past two years, more than 100 researchers and practitioners from across the world have explored how to connect research and the public in innovative and meaningful ways. Now it is your chance to be part of the Collaborative Futures Academy! Are you ready to push the boundaries of your engagement and join others to shape the future of research dialogue?

Across disciplines, researchers and practitioners are thinking about new and more ethical ways of collaborating with the public. To create a strong dialogue between research and society, engagement needs to be relevant, inclusive and adapt to different challenges. This immersive learning experience is an opportunity to reflect on your engagement practice and its place in the world. We will explore the ethics of different types of engagement, methods of co-creation and authentic strategies for including those who are often left out.

The Academy will empower you to develop a bold, creative and innovative engagement practice with integrity and equity at its heart.

To apply, read the information below and complete the application tool at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to get a feel for CFA then take a look back at last year's Academy: CFA 2021


What: An international, interdisciplinary Academy focused on ethics and equity in public engagement with research

When: Weekly sessions across November 2022, with core sessions every Wednesday from 11.00-14.00 GMT. See below for the planned schedule.

Format: A mix of expert-led masterclasses, group learning, practical workshops and individual reflection, delivered online.

For whom: International early career researchers and engagement practitioners who want to deepen their engagement practice.

Costs: free of charge to participants - but note the commitment section below

Themes: The programme is built around 4 thematic blocks and a closing week, covering:

  • Connecting to your purpose: exploring values and commitment in Public Engagement
  • Slow Engagement: responsible collaboration and co-production
  • Creating conditions for meaningful conversations
  • Becoming a champion for change: from advocacy to disruption
  • Strategically imagining the future - together and individually

Schedule: (click image to view as PDF)



How to apply:

  1. Before you start, please read the applicant commitment below.
  2. Prepare a short 1-minute video on the question of What does a culture of equitable and ethical research engagement look like to you? More details, including advice on video recording and possible alternative formats, can be found in the applicant guide.
  3. Complete the application form below and submit it together with your video. For reference, the full form is available here.

THE EXTENDEN Deadline for applications is WEDNESDAY 28 September 2022.

If you have any questions about the programme or application, please contact BerlinSchool@mfn.berlin



Applicant commitment:

The Academy is free of charge but it is a uniquely valuable and competitive opportunity. If you are offered a place, you are expected to fully commit to the entirety of the programme. By applying to join the CFA'22, you acknowledge the following:

  • The weekly time commitment is 6-7h over 5 weeks, which includes live online sessions, group work and individual tasks.
  • You are expected to attend all live sessions, and we ask you to actively participate in them. This means ensuring you have a functioning internet connection, are able to speak online and have your camera on. If you have any concerns about this, please contact us in advance.
  • We also expect you to complete the individual tasks such as any pre-session reading and reflective exercises. Reflection is an important part of the Academy and you will be asked to document your learning throughout.
  • To ensure the quality of the offer and to monitor your learning journey, we will be carrying out a follow-up evaluation. We ask for your consent to be contacted for this process.




About the Hosts

The Collaborative Futures Academy is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, Wellcome Connecting Science, the Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science and the Public, and the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science. It is funded by UK Higher Education Innovation Funding, The Wellcome Trust, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.


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