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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 (registration is now open!)
  • Goa, India, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography – November 2022 (registration opens in September)
  • Melbourne, Australia – 30 November 2022 (registration opens on 30 September)
  • Tokyo, Japan, more information to come

Registration is now open for the workshop in Bogotá, Colombia.

If you are interested in another of our workshops, more information will be published in the coming months on our website.

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 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.

 

(Workshops in India and 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.

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.

 

Welcome to the GlobalSCAPE website!

By Project news, Science communication

GlobalSCAPE aims to generate a detailed picture of science communication in a global context. We are thrilled to introduce the GlobalSCAPE website, which will showcase the project, host the research study and provide updates and information on upcoming activities for the next 1.5 years.

This website will also offer more about:

  1. Exploration of the science communication landscape over the world
  2. Development of a science communication module
  3. Publication of a white paper on science communication policy recommendations
  4. The people behind GlobalSCAPE, including our partners, Advisory board, and their roles and expertise
  5. News and resources on science communication

Questions about the website?

Lucie Steigleder

Lucie Steigleder

Communications Manager, Ecsite

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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.

E: globalscape@tcd.ie