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21st August, 2019

New Generation Thinkers 2020

New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since then, over 500 academics have attended AHRC and BBC workshops and developed programme ideas. Each year 10 academics are selected to be New Generation Thinkers. They have the opportunity to attend training with both the BBC and the AHRC before embarking on a host of public engagement and media opportunities, not least with Radio 3.

This pioneering public engagement scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media and public engagement. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to 10 will become New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a series of unique opportunities such as media and public engagement training with the AHRC and developing their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 including a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, putting on events for the Being Human Festival and the chance to become a regular blogger.

BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking, the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. Many of these feature current and past New Generation Thinkers, many of whom are still making programmes, writing and recording for the BBC. You can listen online to the 2019 New Generation Thinkers recent essays delivered at the Free Thinking Festival.

Closing Date: 08/10/2019

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Hamish McAlpine

I’ve had a sneaky preview of Federica’s work on the KEF narratives and this really is a must-attend thing for folk with interest in KE with arts & cultural orgs… twitter.com/CultureImpacts…

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