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In-person science communication workshops are finally happening all around the world!

By Events, Project news, Science communication

The GlobalSCAPE team is delighted to announce the launch of a series of in-person workshops, offered in different regions of the world, totally free of charge!

These one-day skill-building sessions aimed at science communicators will be delivered by Springer Nature, as part of the GlobalSCAPE consortium, in six different locations around the world: Spain, South Africa, Australia, India, Colombia, Japan (more information below).

Five topics relevant to science communicators from all backgrounds will be explored through a variety of formats including interactive exercises: 

  • Sourcing your stories
  • Understanding your audience
  • Effective writing strategies
  • Preparing your press release 
  • Maximising external promotion

Six workshops will be delivered all around the world

GlobalSCAPE workshops will take place in six different location all around the world:

  • Valencia, Spain, Universitat de València – 5 September 2022 
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, Wits University – 9 September 2022 
  • Bogotá, Colombia, University of The Andes – 25 October 2022 
  • Tokyo, Japan, Nihonbashi life science hub 11 November 2022 
  • Pune, India, The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics 25 November 2022 
  • Melbourne, Australia, RMIT 30 November 2022 

Practical information 

Participation in these workshops is free for everyone. Attendees will have to cover their own expenses related to travel, accommodation and subsistence (lunch and snacks will be offered during the day)

GlobalSCAPE can offer financial support (up to €750) to a selected number of participants: check out our “Mobility Scheme” News

  • Each workshop will welcome up to 30 participants.
  • They will be delivered in a one-day session, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM (local time). Participants are expected to attend the whole day.
  • Please note that the use of a laptop (not provided by the local host) will be required.

Workshop programme:

GlobalSCAPE: Promoting Research from Your Institution

Introductions (09:00 – 09:15)
  1. Sourcing your stories (09:15 – 09:40)

This section introduces strategies for finding appropriate studies, identifying key trends, and building and nurturing relationships with scientists at your institution.

  1. Understanding your audience (09:40 – 10:00)

This section discusses useful strategies in understanding your target audience using scoping and framing to ensure your story effectively engages the reader.

Activity 1 (10:00 – 10:15) Groups will identify key aspects about a specific audience (industry or general public) via scoping strategies online

Q&A (10:15 – 10:30)

Break (10:30 – 10:45)

  1. Effective writing strategies (10:45–11:45)

This section discusses the importance of logical flow and structure in a news story and ways to improve the understanding of scientific research via improving readability to non-specialists.

Activity 2 (11:45 – 12:00) Groups will improve a passage of academic writing to make it easier to understand for a non-specialist audience

Q&A (12:00 – 12:15)

Lunch (12:15 – 13:15) 

  1. Preparing your press release (13:15–14:45)

This section implements a useful strategy to ensure the information given by the researcher is structured in a compelling manner for the reader in a press release.

Activity 3 (14:45 – 15:15) Attendees will improve their pre-written press release based on the strategies learned during the workshop

Q&A (15:15 – 15:30)

Break (15:30 – 15:45)

  1. Maximizing external promotion (15:45–16:45)

This section reviews various strategies to promote research from the institution, such as engaging with the media, promoting on social media, and leveraging institutional websites.

Activity 4 (16:45 – 17:00) Attendees will prepare a mock social media post about a research study from their institution.

Final Q&A (17:00 – 17:30)

Our trainers

(Workshops in Spain, South Africa, Australia and Japan)

Dr. Jeffrey Robens is Senior Editorial Development Manager at Nature Research and is responsible for conducting the Nature Research Academies—training workshops to improve publication output worldwide. He has strong scientific qualifications with 20 years of academic experience and numerous publications and awards. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and then worked at premier research institutes in Singapore and Japan, including RIKEN and Kyoto University. Since leaving academia in 2012, he has conducted over 250 academic training workshops across Asia and the Middle East to help researchers improve their publication quality and impact.

(Workshop in Colombia)

Dr Harry Shirley is an Editorial Development Manager at Nature Research, and specialises in training on Scientific Writing and Publishing. He has a particular interest in Open Access publishing and publishing innovations. Although his background is Chemistry he has experience in delivering training to researchers from a range of disciplines. Harry holds a   PhD in Chemistry from Queen Mary’s, the University of London, which he followed by Postdoctoral study at the University of Auckland in New Zealand followed by the University of Oxford. Harry is experienced in delivering training both face to face and virtually, and has an engaging presentation style.

(Workshop in India)

Subhra Priyadarshini is Chief Editor at Nature India. After a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology, she majored in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India. Subhra has been on the programme and selection committees of the World Conference of Science Journalists and is a member of many national and international committees on science communication, science policy, environment and healthcare.

Our mobility scheme will help science communicators attend GlobalSCAPE workshops

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As part of its ambition to wider science communication and to offer training and networking opportunities for science communication professionals in parts of the world that are underserved in terms of existing professional development schemes, GlobalSCAPE is organising in-person workshops in different parts of the world.

More information is available on our website

In order to open up opportunities to all science communicators, GlobalSCAPE is offering a mobility scheme in order to support potential participants who could benefit from these workshops but would be financially unable to join. This Mobility Scheme is designed and managed by Ecsite, the European Network of Science centres and Science museums.

Who is this for?

The mobility scheme has been designed to support Science communicators who:

  • Would particularly benefit from attending a GlobalSCAPE workshop
  • Would have difficulties attending a workshop without financial support from GlobalSCAPE
  • Are based in geographical regions that are coherent with the workshops’ locations

As an indication, you can find the list of the world regions and the corresponding workshops.

  • Valencia, Spain: Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Bogotá, Colombia: Northern and Latin America,
  • Goa, India: South-Eastern Asia (depending on the location), Southern Asia
  • Melbourne, Australia: South-Eastern Asia (depending on the location), Oceania
  • Tokyo, Japan: Eastern Asia

Applications outside geographical scopes can be considered if properly justified by the applicant.

What can GlobalSCAPE contribute?

Up to 750€ will be reimbursed to selected participants after the supporting documentation has been provided. These expenses need to be reasonable, justified and in accordance with sound financial management (economy and efficiency). Please note that the reimbursement process will take place after the workshop.

Only costs covering travel, accommodation and subsistence linked to the participation in the workshop will be eligible. These expenses need to be reasonable, justified and in accordance with sound financial management (economy and efficiency).

Please read carefully the following document:

Rules for reimbursement of expenses

How will GlobalSCAPE select grantees?

Evaluation of the applications will be conducted by GlobalSCAPE consortium members. Each application will be reviewed and scored by consortium members against the criteria listed in the section “Selection criteria”. Consortium members will be asked to provide an overall score, on a 5 points scale, as well as recommendations of shortlisted applications.

All the applicants will be contacted individually to receive notice of funding.


Eligibility criteria

  • Coherent geographical scope
  • Relevant science communication experience and activities
  • Financial situation requiring mobility scheme support
  • No overlapping grant or other types of funding

Selection criteria

  • Relevance of participation in the workshops
  • Importance of the potential support offered by the mobility scheme
  • Priority given to GlobalSCAPE survey participants
  • Special attention to inclusivity and gender equity

How to apply

The mobility scheme application is made when registering for the GlobalSCAPE workshops. Check out our dedicated page!

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101006436.