Early career researcher training: communicating with non-specialists

25 July 2012

If you are doing research at a university, then at some stage you will want to, or perhaps have to, communicate with non-specialists about your work. You may want to raise money for your research. You may want to talk to a charitable foundation, or to a promotions committee, or to members of a support group. You may even want to talk to the media to publicise your work.

This session builds on the skills developed in the previous session on "Writing about your research in plain English" and covers areas such as:

  • the value of talking to the public - for them, for your employers, for research generally and for your career
  • talking to non-specialists such as Promotions or Appointments Committees
  • working out your message - what do you want to say?
  • understanding your audience - what do they want to hear?
  • the who, when, where, why and how of communication
  • how the media works and how to gain access.

By the end of the seminar, we hope you will be able to:

  • understand the benefits of talking about your work
  • have a feel for what may or may not interest others
  • know how to decide what to say
  • know how to say it.

Presenters: Mark Ragg and Melissa Sweet

About the Early Career Researcher Development program (Biomedical)

The 2012 program for Biomedical Researchers aims to give participants support in career planning, networking and the development of research capacities. The program is for researchers who are 1 - 10 years postdoctoral. It consists of 7 half day sessions and a structured mentor program.

Demand for this course is always high so attendees must commit to attending all sessions.

To find out more, visit theLearning Solutions website.

Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Location: Seminar Room 1, Learning Solutions, SUV, Bligh Building L03 - Ground Floor

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