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Free Training Workshops for Science Communicators

By Events, Project news, Science communication

GlobalSCAPE has been seeking to learn about the perspectives of science communicator’s across the globe, especially those working in countries that often do not receive as much attention from the global community as they deserve. 

In addition to gathering some of those perspectives for 12 months from 2021 to 2022, we have developed an academic science communication module and also delivered media and writer based workshops through our colleagues Springer Nature.  Alongside those deliverables, our colleagues from Leiden University’s Science communication and Society department have also designed a set of globally relevant workshops that focus on linking science communication practitioners with some of the latest research in science communication. 

These workshops are provided as an open access resource, freely available for anyone to download and adapt and use within their own contexts.  Before the release of these workshops, we will be delivering a set of free online sessions in February 2023, for all interested practitioners to attend and experience the workshops first hand.  We hope that attendees can also offer any thoughts or feedback on how they feel the workshops align with the contexts of their own nation, culture or field of science communication.

There are two workshops being offered.

  • Global Relevance in Science Communication 
  • Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in Science Communication

 

Global Relevance in Science Communication explores how science communicators can practice their work in a globally relevant way that acknowledges and reflects the efforts of science communicators across the globe, as well as the diverse audiences and institutions they work with. 

Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in Science Communication considers how we can focus on JEDI to deliver more inclusive and responsive science communication with and for our varied global communities.  To ensure that as a global field, science communication strives to promote equitable practices and can contribute to global citizens as a force for justice in the world. 

Trainer: Jon Chase 

Jon Chase is a science communicator, author and science rapper who is currently working at Leiden University, Netherlands as a project scientist on the EU funded GlobalSCAPE project.  He has spent more than a decade doing science shows at venues across the British Isles to all audiences and has co-authored a number of popular science books, including The Science of Star Wars and The Science of Jurassic World.  He has also presented and talked about science and technology on numerous television and YouTube channels. In 2017 he was awarded the UK’s Josh Award in Science Communication but he’s perhaps best known for his science raps, which he has produced for organisations including NASA and the BBC

Workshop format

Each workshop is delivered ONLINE via Zoom, and in two parts, of 2-hours each.  There are two main formats available for this.

Option 1: Both parts of the workshop are delivered in the same day.  The first part is in the morning and the second part is in the afternoon. Of course, the specific timings depend on which timezone you are in but we are running the workshop multiple times to cater for different time zones. However, regardless of your own timezone, you are welcome to choose whichever time suits your schedule best.  Please see the specific dates and timings below. 

Option 2: The two parts of the workshop take place at the same time of the day but on two consecutive days.  As in option 1, the specific timings depend on which timezone you are in but we are running the workshop multiple times to cater for different time zones. Again, regardless of your own timezone, you are welcome to choose whichever time suits your schedule best. Please see the specific dates and timings below.

Workshop schedule

PLEASE NOTE, all times shown here are UK times to avoid any confusion. 

Also, regions in parentheses indicate some of the regions in a timezone that these sessions may suit best.

Workshop 1 – Global Relevance in Science Communication

 

  • Fri 10th February 2023 

Parts 1 & 2: 19.00-21.00 UK & 23.00-01.00 UK (Hawaii, Western USA)

  • Mon 13th February 2023

Part 1: 06.00-08.00 UK (Asia, Oceania)

Parts 1 & 2: 15.00-17.00 UK & 19.00-21.00 UK (Central & Eastern USA, South America)

  • Tue 14th February 2023

Part 2: 06.00-08.00 UK (Asia, Oceania)

  • Wed 15th February 2023 

Parts 1 & 2: 09.00-11.00 UK & 13.00-15.00 UK (Europe, Africa, Western Asia)

Workshop 2 – Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in science communication

 

  • Fri 17th February 2023

Parts 1 & 2: 19.00-21.00 UK & 23.00-01.00 UK (Hawaii, Western USA)

  • Mon 20th February 2023 

Part 1 0600-0800 (Asia, Oceania)

Parts 1 & 2: 15.00-17.00 UK & 19.00-21.00 UK (Central & Eastern USA, South America)

  • Tue 21st February 2023

Part 2 06.00-08.00 UK (Asia, Oceania)

  • Wed 22nd February 2023  

Parts 1 & 2: 09.00-11.00 UK & 13.00-15.00 UK (Europe, Africa, W/Asia)

3 February 2023 – Final Event – Science communication in the world: what’s next?

By Events, Project news

Following an unprecedented €10 million investment in science communication research by the European Commission between 2018 and 2023, GlobalSCAPE is the final of a series of eight Horizon 2020 science communication research projects funded to re-examine the role of science communication in society.

With our project coming to an end, we would like to invite you to one last event to learn more about the results of GlobalSCAPE and reflect with us on the future of science communication in Europe and the world.

The event will take place on 3 February 2023 in Brussels, and will be live-streamed.

Register

Registrations will close on 2nd February 2023 at 18.00 CET.

What can you expect from the event?

 

  • “Meet the expert” sessions: hear more from our Advisory Board members and partners on the top challenges and trends in global science communication
  • GlobalSCAPE outputs: discuss the future of science communication with us as we present our White Paper and project activities

Read the agenda

Registration is compulsory, whether you wish to attend online or in person.

Spots to attend in person in Brussels are limited, early registration is advised.

GlobalSCAPE developing open access workshop materials for scicomm practitioners

By Project news, Science communication

GlobalSCAPE develops workshop materials dedicated to scicomm practitioners. Our project partner Jon Chase, from Leiden University, has spent the past months working on this material with the aim to make it globally relevant and applicable in different local contexts. Today, he tells us more about this process.

Logo of the University of Leiden
Jon, can you tell us a bit about yourself? What is your role in GlobalSCAPE?

I’m a science communicator, author and science rapper who is currently working at Leiden University, Netherlands on GlobalSCAPE. I’ve spent fifteen years as a science communicator, interacting with a wide range of audiences and have co-authored a number of popular science books, including The Science of Star Wars and The Science of Jurassic World. I’ve also presented and talked about science and technology on numerous television and YouTube channels. In 2017 I was awarded the UK’s Josh Award in Science Communication.

For GlobalSCAPE I’m working on a set of open access workshop materials that aim to be globally relevant and applicable to a range of science communication practitioners.

In GlobalSCAPE, you have developed workshop material. Could you tell us more about? How was the development process?

The materials are based around four modules, chosen for their potential to address areas that have been identified as lacking within science communication training and also for their potential impact on society.  These modules consider

  1. A glocalised approach to science communication,
  2. Exploring SciComm as an ecosystem,
  3. Issues of Justice, equity, diversity and Inclusion in scicomm, and
  4. Scicomm for sustainable development.

The target audience is science communication practitioners from various stakeholder groups and is intended to be used and adapted as needed by different stakeholders from different global regions, depending on their needs. It is intended that practitioners can choose whatever feels most relevant to them, to get new ideas and approaches for how they can use Science Communication to achieve broader impacts within society.

My whole approach from the outset of this project was to explore new ways of considering and approaching science communication.  As such it hasn’t been a very straightforward process.  Many of the things I have brought together do not seem to have been given a lot of specific attention within scicomm, particularly on a global level. The global aspect has proven particularly challenging as well, due to the vast differences in approaches, audiences, languages, needs, representation, funding, government support etc.  There is also a huge need to get feedback from our scicomm colleagues around the world, whose valuable knowledge and experiences are still somewhat undocumented on a global level.  We hope the diary study can inform this deficit somewhat but ultimately, the major benefit will be seen when local communicators adapt and utilise these materials to suit their needs, and hopefully be prepared to feedback any lessons learnt

Your material covers the notion of “Glocalised” scicomm. What does it mean and why is this important for scicomm?

A Glocalised approach to scicomm is about experiencing the global locally or through local lensesSo on the one hand it considers the scope of scicomm activities being extended for global application.  Importantly this is not about ideas just travelling from the ‘West to the rest’,  but more about science communicators looking further afield for inspiration, partnership and impact within science communication.   On the other hand, it is about taking these diverse global approaches and adapting them to suit local needs and circumstances, which is a practice that we should be doing within science communication anyway, to improve relevance and potential impact of our activities.

As a result of modern transport and communications we are increasingly coming into contact with and becoming reliant on circumstances that are global in nature, whether it be global audiences, global issues (i.e. Climate change, sustainability, Covid-19), or global sources of research or funding.  However, often we still only regard things from our own localised perspective, which makes sense but I would argue that identifying ways to interact with a wider regional variety of actors can help to foster both global and local networks of science communication.  Ultimately, we would hope this helps the field to become more responsive to the increasingly diverse landscapes in which science communication takes place.

A lot of educational resources already exist, what is the added value of the one produced by the GlobalSCAPE project?

Mostly it is that these resources intentionally have global awareness as a key focus. We are not saying that we have reviewed or considered all of the ideas and approaches of the world, a task that is much more immense than the scope of this current project. However, we have taken pains to incorporate a wide variety of global experiences, perspectives and circumstances in order to highlight the diverse applicability of science communication nowadays.

Also, these resources are open access and open source, so they can (and should) be adapted and used as is needed and relevant within different locales and circumstances. The important thing is that science communicators take on a reflexive attitude when approaching their practice and we hope that anyone who is inspired to use these resources, can build upon them in a way that is responsive to their local needs, and isn’t afraid to challenge mainstreamed perspectives held within science communication practice and research, that is often skewed towards a Western perspective.

What do you hope the participants will take away from the workshop?

It depends on which module(s) they undertake but I would generally hope that participants become more aware of the diverse ways in which science communication can act within societies across the globe. Also, the hope is that the approaches considered in the modules will inspire more communicators to find new ways of using science communication to create meaningful impact within their local communities and also beyond national borders.

GlobalSCAPE involved in a special issue of JCOM

By Project news, Science communication
As part of our collaboration with PCST (the international network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology), GlobalSCAPE is supporting a special issue of JCOM, the Journal of Science Communication, to be published in 2023.  Our project leader, Joseph Roche, tells us more.
Joseph Roche is an Associate Professor in Science Education at Trinity College Dublin. He is the Director of Research at the School of Education and leads the Science & Society research group which coordinates international research projects on science communication, informal learning, citizen science, public engagement, and higher education science. Joseph has worked at NASA and is a visiting scholar at Harvard. He is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and is the author of the textbook “Essential Skills for Early Career Researchers”.
Joseph, you are the lead guest editor of this special issue of JCOM. Could you tell us more about the idea behind it?

This special issue is one of the key outputs of the GlobalSCAPE project. GlobalSCAPE was funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme topic SwafS-19 and was tasked with, among other things, taking stock and re-examining the role of science communication teaching as a dedicated academic discipline. Thanks to a very productive collaboration with the PCST (the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology) a map of science communication courses around the world is being developed and will help students, researchers, and practitioners to find and share science communication courses anywhere in the world. This special issue is a chance for us to learn more about how science communication is being taught in universities around the world. The collaboration between the PCST and GlobalSCAPE is coordinated via the PCST Teaching Forum and has been led by the GlobalSCAPE team member Luisa Massarani of SciDev.Net.

You were involved in previous JCOM special issues featuring EU-funded projects working on the role of science communication in society. What is different about this one?

This JCOM special issue builds on the previous special issues in 2021 and 2022 featuring the work of the eight SwafS-19 projects. As GlobalSCAPE is the final science communication research project to be funded, we have an added responsibility to highlight the importance of gathering global voices on science communication to understand the practices, strategies, and the ramifications of how science communication is taught in a rapidly changing global landscape. This will be integral to a new Horizon Europe project that the European Commission is funding from 2023-2027 that will bring all eight SwafS-19 projects together to establish a European Centre for Science Communication.

You probably expect to receive a high number of abstracts, what is your advice to help submitting authors stand out?

We would love to receive a high number of abstracts but it is unlikely. The whole reason we need this special issue is because so few people publish papers on how they teach science communication. There are many possible reasons for that but one of them might be the costs associated. That is why we are so glad to be working with JCOM which publishes all its papers open access and has no article processing charges so at least there will be no financial barrier to researchers and practitioners sharing their work. We are very grateful to the JCOM Editors Michelle Riedlinger and Marina Joubert for recognising the importance of this work.

If anyone is considering submitting an article to the special issue we recommend getting in touch with any of the four guest editors, all of whom are linked to the GlobalSCAPE project: Joseph Roche (PI of GlobalSCAPE at Trinity College Dublin <Joseph.Roche@tcd.ie>), Luisa Massarani (Representing GlobalSCAPE partner SciDev.Net  <luisa.massarani@scidev.net>), Bruce Lewenstein (Member of the GlobalSCAPE Advisory Board at Cornell University <b.lewenstein@cornell.edu>), Anne Land-Zandstra (Representing GlobalSCAPE partner Leiden University <a.m.land@biology.leidenuniv.nl>).

Practicalities and instructions for submission are available on the JCOM website. You have until 21st December 2022 to submit your abstract.

Collaboration with the PCST Teaching Forum

By Project news, Science communication

Today, we hear from project partner Luisa Massarani. She is the Coordinator for Latin America for SciDev.Net, a world-leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views, and analysis about science and technology for global development. SciDev’s mission is to use independent journalism to help individuals and organisations apply science to decision-making in order to drive equitable, sustainable development and poverty reduction. SciDev.Net is part of CAB International (CABI) – a not-for-profit organisation that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. SciDev.Net is a member of the GlobaSCAPE consortium.

When mapping a global picture of science communication and giving more space to lesser-heard voices outside of Europe, GlobalSCAPE doesn’t evolve in a void: it contributes to existing discussions and practices that constitute the scicomm sphere all around the world. One of the other actors evolving in this sphere is PCST, the international network of Public Communication of Science and Technology.

The PCST Network seeks to promote new ideas, methods, intellectual and practical questions, and perspectives on the communication of science and technology.

In the words of Luisa Massarani, the PCST Network aims specifically to:

  • improve theoretical understanding of science communication by providing a forum for the latest developments
  • advance the practice of science communication through a platform to consider strategies and methods
  • promote exchange between practitioners and theoreticians, to boost the development of both the study and practice of science communication.

Members of the PCST Network come from a range of backgrounds covering both the theory and practice of scicomm: researchers, comms staff in research organisations, science centres & museums professionals, science journalists, scientific ethics & philosophy students, writers & editors, web designers, and even artists working with science themes. The PCST Network is managed by a Scientific Committee of which members are elected every two years at the general meeting held at the bi-annual PCST Conference.

A worldwide data base of programmes and courses in science communication

The PCST Network and GlobalSCAPE recently agreed on a collaboration within the scope of the PCST Teaching Forum, a part of the PCST Network which is an international network of science communication lecturers at undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. levels.

Both GlobalSCAPE and the PCST Teaching Forum aim to understand and support science communication teaching around the globe. Therefore, this partnership is mutually beneficial for both organisations.

This collaboration can be useful at different levels for the science communication ecosystem, in particular for an academic field as young as science communication.

The worldwide database is an initiative that was already launched before the agreement and will require systematic updates. As the research project is being carried out, two joint papers are planned for submission before the end of GlobaSCAPE.

The Teaching Forum aims to provide a network of support for people involved in teaching science communication. We agreed to work together on a worldwide database of programmes and courses in science communication, as well as a research project on worldwide master programmes in science communication.

Indeed, the database can support those involved in a course or educational programme to find other stakeholders to exchange ideas with and collaborate, but it is equally useful for those individuals and institutions that want to create new programmes to find inspiration in other existing models and to develop activities adapted to their context. Not to mention it is a convenient tool for individuals who want to enrol in a programme or course in science communication to find the perfect fit.

The Diary Study is coming to an end

By Project news, Science communication
Thank you diary study

 

A year ago, GlobalSCAPE was launching a longitudinal research study with science communicators all over the world, known as Diary Study. Over the past 12 months, participants have been regularly invited to provide feedback about their views and experience with science communication.

We received many valuable contributions throughout the duration of the study and it will come to a close at the end of November. Some participants have already completed the study by responding promptly to the requests and will therefore not receive any more diary entry requests after completing the study. For the others, the Diary Study will stay open until end of November.

We would like to thank all the science communicators who participated in the GlobalSCAPE Diary Study. Please watch this space for more information about the results.

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.

GlobalSCAPE online workshops are back!

By Events, Project news, Science communication

Springer Nature, as part of the GlobalSCAPE consortium, is delighted to present the following interactive virtual workshops tailored to the needs of all science communicators.

With the volume of scientific articles growing each year, it is becoming increasingly important for professional science communicators to understand the best strategies for maximizing the impact of their work. These workshops, developed as part of the GlobalSCAPE project, will help science communication practitioners understand strategies to identify appropriate studies, how to build relationships with scientists, effective writing and story-telling as well as how to promote your work and ensure it reaches your target audience.

Registration for these workshops is now open to everyone!

Practical information

This new series includes three workshop topics delivered on separate days. You are strongly encouraged to attend the whole series of three workshops.
We are offering two strands of the workshop series to accommodate participation from all over the world: Strand 1 (Asia Time zone) is available to participants from Asia, India and Australia; Strand 2 (Europe Time zone) is available to participants from  Africa and Europe.

Workshop content

Working with scientists
This day will tackle two aspects of the collaboration with scientists: how to source scientific stories (through publications and events monitoring via various channels) and how to enhance communication with scientists to go beyond structured answers.

Writing effective press releases
The second day will be dedicated to press releases: how to write them, how to structure a science story, best distribution strategies and common problems that can be encountered.

External promotion
The last day of this series will give an overview of relevant promotion channels (social media, institutional websites) as well as general concepts of news, media, advocacy and outreach.

Your trainers

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.

GlobalSCAPE Science communication workshops

By Events, Project news, Science communication

GlobalSCAPE is thrilled to announce the launch of a series of interactive virtual workshops offering an extensive introduction to science communication delivered by Springer Nature, one of our partners.

It is becoming increasingly important for academics to be able to clearly communicate their research to a broader audience, such as researchers in other disciplines, the public, policymakers, and even funding organisations. However, communicating complex findings in an understandable manner for non-specialists is challenging for many scientists.

The GlobalSCAPE virtual workshops have been developed to support researchers to develop science communication skills by providing practical strategies on how to achieve these goals.

The first series is aimed at researchers and academics interested in generating impact through effective science communication tools and techniques. The following series will be specially tailored to science communication professionals and will be announced soon. Some in-person events will also be organised around the world later in the year, stay tuned!

Registration is now closed.

 

Practical information

Participation in these workshops is free for everyone. Places are limited to 250 participants. You are strongly encouraged to attend the whole series of three workshops.

We are offering two strands of the workshop series to accommodate participation from all over the world: Strand 1 (Asia Time zone) is available to participants from Asia, India and Australia; Strand 2 (Europe Time zone) is available to participants from the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Workshop content

Understanding Science Communication:
This day will be a general introduction to science communication. You will discover the mutual benefits that both the general public and researchers can get from it, an analysis of your audience’s expectations as well as basic recommendations to help you choose and structure your story.

Effective Writing Strategies
The second day will be dedicated to writing techniques. The first two sections will give you tips and tricks to structure your writing and keep the readers’ attention. You will be invited to examine two examples of good and bad practices in written articles.

Platforms for Communicating Science to the Public
The last day of this series will give an overview of the different media on which research is generally communicated to the public: press releases, science journalists or direct interactions with the publish such as blog articles, videos etc.

 

More about Nature Springer experts

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

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.

Diary study with science communicators

By Project news, Science communication

What is the GlobalSCAPE project?

Over the coming months, GlobalSCAPE partners will roll up their sleeves to explore the global science communication landscape. Our research objective is to gain a more detailed picture of science communication, with a particular focus on the lesser-heard voices in non-European countries.

We are interested in the people behind the “science communication” and their experiences. More importantly, we are exploring how people perceive their science communication activities and the challenges or decisions that come within their work.

Information gathered during this project contributes to general knowledge in science communication. The insights we gain will help us promote collaboration and support synergies between practitioners from around the world as well as get a better understanding of the global situation.

How will we explore the global science communication landscape?

The GlobalSCAPE project is launching a longitudinal research study with science communicators around the globe. This research study is the backbone of our exploration of the global science communication landscape.

Over the next 12 months, the project will invite science communicators from 10+ countries to participate in a diary study about the day-to-day professional experiences, challenges and decisions while communicating research or science with public, non-academic audiences.

Who is invited to take part in this study?

We are inviting “Science communicators” in the broadest sense, which includes anyone actively involved in communicating scientific or research findings with a non-academic audience. We are particularly interested in global regions where taking stock of science communication has been particularly difficult, which means going beyond the European borders to get the most detailed picture possible of science communication.

What is involved in research participation?

The research study has two parts: 1) Register interest and complete an initial questionnaire about your background and experiences as a science communicator (About 15 minutes in total); 2) Respond to a recurring questionnaire (electronic diary) about challenges encountered in science communication once a week for up to 12 months (Each entry should take between 2 and 5 minutes). Each part can be completed using your smartphone or computer.

When does this research study open?

The project is now open to science communicators from around the world and special attention will be given to recruiting participants from non-western countries and in regions where science communication is particularly challenging.

 

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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.

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