Science Communication Webinar and Workshop Series

In today’s innovation- and research-rich world, we need to share complicated messages with a wide range of readers, such as granting agencies, colleagues, stakeholders and the public.

Join us at the Science Communication Webinar and Workshop Series, offered by Sylviane Duval, OpenTheBox Ltd, and learn how to present yourself and your work in lay language while also connecting Science to society in the disinformation age. Trainees and Consortium members are encouraged to attend.

 

Deadline to register: Sep 20, 2020

 

Details of the sessions

 

 

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Session #1: Plain Language… de-obfuscated webinar

September 23, 2020 – 12:00 - 1:00 pm (MT)

In today’s innovation- and research-rich world, we need to share complicated messages with a wide range of readers, such as granting agencies, colleagues, stakeholders and the public.

On the one hand, the density of our writing styles has spiralled out of control. On the other hand, our attention spans are getting shorter. We don’t want to pore over every word to find meaning.

Documents written in plain language offer a win-win solution for readers and writers. They convey information simply and clearly, they broaden the reach of the message, and they are easy to understand.

This session will present the background to literacy and plain language. It will also illustrate some basic principles at the structural, visual and sentence level with practical examples, and leave you with a handful of strategies that improve the clarity of your writing and visual style—and ultimately, your message.

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Session #2: Presenting Yourself with Confidence webinar

October 28, 2020 –12:00 - 1:00 pm (MT)

First impressions count! Because people form an opinion of you within 30 seconds of initial contact, creating a positive lasting impression is crucial—especially if you are presenting your research at a conference, where collaborations, funding and networking hinge on what you say and how you say it.

In this session, you will learn key strategies to present yourself and your research/ideas with more impact, leaving your audience no choice but to be impressed from the start.

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Session #3: Connecting Science to Society in the Disinformation Age workshop

November 25, 2020 – 1:30 - 5:00 pm (MT)

It’s not much fun communicating science these days, is it? Opinion seems to count more than facts. Everybody’s got their back up about something. And every subject seems to be a target for polarization—starting with covid-19 and running all the way from climate change, agricultural technology (eg: gene editing, glyphosate), food (eg: gluten, fad diets) and health (eg: vaccines, placenta-eating, homeopathy) to general science (eg: flat Earth, moon landing conspiracy). How can science communication get past the disinformation, mistrust, cognitive bias, celebrity culture and other barriers?

Using examples ripped from the headlines, this webinars provides practical learning on the rise of disinformation in science, what makes people vulnerable to it as well as concepts and strategies to develop more effective messaging. Participants will analyze situations and discuss potential counter-balancing solutions through exercises, case studies, discussions and critical analysis that help bring the learning to life and into the workplace.