This course aims to empower students to communicate their research effectively with a diverse audience from scientific community, policy makers to the public at large. The course modules will cover five modules of thought: Public Engagement in Science, Tools for Research Communication, Publishing and Grants in Academia, Policy and Development in Science and Society, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A key aspect is to provide practical skills and knowledge that students can use throughout their careers. We also aim to show students how science can be a force for positive change in the world, with special attention to issues of poverty, hunger, health, environment, sustainability, social justice, diversity, and equal opportunity. Course content will consist of a mixture of lectures, applied activities, and guest speakers.
The students will gain the skills needed to communicate their research with society and the scientific community.
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|The students will gain the skills needed to communicate their research with society and the scientific community.|
Science Communication, Public Engagement, Science and Society, Science Policy, Academic Publishing, Inclusive Science
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
|✔ Specialist skills Liberal arts skills Communication skills Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Applied skills (practical and/or problem-solving skills)|
The class will be lecture-based with discussion and hands-on workshops.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to Global Science Communication (Thilina)||a. What is science communication and why is it important for a researcher? b. How is science communicated? c. Challenges in scientific communication|
|Class 2||Public Engagement and Understanding of Science (Thilina)||What is different between scientists and the public in understanding research?|
|Class 3||Presentation and Interpersonal Skills (Thilina)||a. How to informally talk about your research b. How to prepare a formal conference-style presentation c. How to prepare a formal seminar-style talk d. How to pitch your ideas e. How to ask good questions f. How to prepare an outreach presentation|
|Class 4||New Media in Practice (SNS, Blogs, Web, Podcasts, Videos, etc.) (Thilina)||How to use modern tools to communicate science?|
|Class 5||Press Releases and Popular Articles (Thilina)||a. How can a research paper turn into an article for the public and media? b. How to get a story published in a high profile venue?|
|Class 6||Scientific Narration and Visualization (Thilina)||a. How to build your science story and use visualization effectively? b. How to display data and research findings? c. How to make conceptual illustrations, flowcharts, cartoons? d. Animation, virtual reality, interactive media|
|Class 7||Tools for Organizing Scientific Meetings (John)||a. Different kinds of meetings (workshops, conferences, groups, administrative, etc.) b. How to organize a meeting? c. Different kinds of meeting models/styles d. Legal and ethical aspects of meeting organization|
|Class 8||Building a Professional Reputation (Thilina)||a. How do we become findable? b. Increasing your profile by building networks. c. Online (LinkedIn, Twitter, ResearchGate, Googl Scholar, Wikipedia, etc.)|
|Class 9||Effective Grant Writing & Lobbying (John/Shawn)||a. Science costs money. Where can you get it? b. How to influence policymakers to support your research? c. How to influence administrators in your own institution?|
|Class 10||Publishing and Open Science (John)||a. How to write science clearly and effectively b. Peer-reviewed publications as the official mechanism for sharing research results c. History and recent developments d. Peer-review processes e. Legal issues related to publishing (copyrights, patents, etc.) f. Publishing and citation metrics g. Finding the right venue to publish your work h. New models for publishing and open science|
|Class 11||Science in Society (John)||a. What is the relationship between science and society? b. Influence of society on science c. Science and economics d. Science and public welfare (health, risk/hazard mitigation, etc.) e. Science and politics f. Views of science in different cultures|
|Class 12||Effective Research Collaboration (Shawn)||a. Effective collaboration can lead to exciting findings and enhance your research output. b. How to find and build collaborations?|
|Class 13||Research Ethics (Shawn/John)||a. Moral/Ethical imperatives of scientists b. Science and property: Credit, plagiarism, authorship, etc. c. Ethics in scientific social interactions/relationships|
|Class 14||Inclusive Practices in Academia (Thilina)||a. Importance of diversity and openness in science. b. What can you do to make academia more inclusive? c. How can we increase diversity upstream?|
Materials will be provided.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of completing a series of projects related to lecture topics.
The student should have a basic level of English communication skill, and scientific literacy.