Hi all,

In February 2013, CIFOR ran a weeklong workshop for scientists to learn communication skills ranging from presentation skills, talking to the media, writing blogposts, bibliographic referencing, as well as a panel discussion for early career scientists as to how to build a successful scientific career.

We ran the training as a series of discrete workshops so scientists could pick and choose the sessions of interest to them. We also tried to make them as practical as possible so scientists could practice the skills as they were learning.

Below is the full agenda.

Here are also the survey questions we asked after each session. The two major pieces of feedback we received were:
  • Run follow up clinics or one-on-one sessions that address specific communication techniques (e.g. writing blogs on our own papers, step by step to set up a Twitter account etc)
  • Run future workshops in other languages such as French or Indonesian

If you have any specific questions or would like to run any ideas past me, I'd be happy to chat. Contact me at m.kovacevic@cgiar.org

Best,

Michelle

Scientist communications training


|| Mon 25 Feb

Tue 26 Feb
Wed 27 Feb

Thurs 28 Feb
Fri 1 March
9-10am
Opening session and morning tea
(Amazon)


10:30am-5:30pm
How to give a good scientific presentation
(Amazon room)


9:30am-1:30pm
Talking science with the media
(Amazon room)

9:30am – 12:30pm
What is social media, how do we use it within CGIAR, and how can it help scientists?
(Amazon room)

9:30am – 2pm
How to write a blog post people want to read
(Amazon room)
9:30-11:30am
Building a successful career in science
(Amazon room)

2:30-4:30pm
Using and accessing scientific information: Web of Science
(Bulungan room)

1:30 – 4:30pm
Getting started with social media
(Amazon room)
2:30-4:30pm
Bibliographic referencing: EndNote
(Amazon room)



2:30-4:30pm
Photography training
(Amazon room)




Communicating science: Its future at CIFOR
Join Peter Holmgren in a discussion on the role of communications in creating uptake pathways for research results. He will talk about his vision for how science and communications need to be closely integrated as CIFOR strengthens its focus on outcomes and evidence-based research.

Christine Padoch and Peter Kanowski will join the DG in the discussion, sharing anecdotes and advice. This will be an informal session and all audience members are encouraged to participate.

We urge all staff to attend this opening session, regardless of whether you are taking part in the actual training week.

How to give a good scientific presentation
This practical workshop will help you communicate your messages more effectively and confidently to a range of audiences. You will do ‘speak-on-your-feet’ exercises and get lots of practical tips. The workshop will help you to present with confidence, structure your talk in a logical way, think about and understand your audiences, present with style, handle the unexpected question and use visual aids to add impact.

Trainers: Jenni Metcalfe has broad expertise in the fields of journalism, training, community liaison, and communication strategy development and implementation. She has consulted for many large research and development organisations (Conservation International, UNESCO, Thompson Scientific) for more than 17 years after working as Communication Manager for CSIRO in Australia. Her science communication business, Econnect, has been communicating creatively about science, natural resource management and the environment since 1995.

Toss Gascoigne works at the interface between people working in research and tertiary education, and policy makers in government. He is a former Executive Director of the Australian science policy group FASTS (the Federation of Scientific and Technological Societies) and has extensive experience in training researchers in media and presentation skills, developing communication plans, and the art of successful collaboration.

Talking science with the media – interview tips from working journalists
This workshop will help you feel comfortable with the media and have more control over your media appearances. It will help you to know what to expect when the media does a story and help you get your message out as accurately as possible. Practice your interview techniques with working journalists and learn how to handle negative and unexpected interviews.

Trainers: Jenni Metcalfe has broad expertise in the fields of journalism, training, community liaison, and communication strategy development and implementation. She has consulted for many large research and development organisations (Conservation International, UNESCO, Thompson Scientific) for more than 17 years after working as Communication Manager for CSIRO in Australia. Her science communication business, Econnect, has been communicating creatively about science, natural resource management and the environment since 1995.

Toss Gascoigne works at the interface between people working in research and tertiary education, and policy makers in government. He is a former Executive Director of the Australian science policy group FASTS (the Federation of Scientific and Technological Societies) and has extensive experience in training researchers in media and presentation skills, developing communication plans, and the art of successful collaboration.

Using and accessing scientific information: Web of Science
ISI Web of Science provides bibliographic content and the tools to access, analyze, and manage research information. Learn how to harness the WoS effectively for your research and publications by searching the database accurately, using EndNote web and setting up citation alerts and a journal list.

Trainers: Sufiet Erlita and Wiwit Siswarini, ISG

What is social media, how do we use it within CGIAR, and how can it help scientists?
Blogs, podcasts, LinkedIn, Twitter…heard of all these but not sure how they relate to you and your work? This workshop will give you an overview of the main social media tools, their uses without our work environment, focusing on helping you to elevate your professional profile and your work.

Trainer: Originally a graphical engineer, turned ICT manager, turned expeditioner, wannabe sailor and aid worker, Peter Casier has a tendency to convert his hobby into a full time profession. After writing a book detailing his trip sailing across the Atlantic, he turned to the Internet to publish it and discovered the power of blogs, social media and crowd sourcing. He got hooked as a hobby, and after sixteen years with different UN agencies, started full-time consulting on online media.

Getting started with social media
Know the basics about social media but not sure exactly how to maximize the usage of your LinkedIn or Twitter profile? Join us in a practical session where we will show you how to set up your social media profiles and use them effectively.

Trainer: Originally a graphical engineer, turned ICT manager, turned expeditioner, wannabe sailor and aid worker, Peter Casier has a tendency to convert his hobby into a full time profession. After writing a book detailing his trip sailing across the Atlantic, he turned to the Internet to publish it and discovered the power of blogs, social media and crowd sourcing. He got hooked as a hobby, and after sixteen years with different UN agencies, started full-time consulting on online media.

How to write a blog post people want to read
(Tailored to both native and non-native English speakers)
The CIFOR Forests News blog is pivotal in communicating our science, and vastly increases the accessibility to your work. But this communication is both a skill and an art? This workshop will take you through some basic blog writing tips to help you communicate through this crucial social media outlet, combining passion and clarity, combining your personal view as well as your scientific work.

Trainer: Originally a graphical engineer, turned ICT manager, turned expeditioner, wannabe sailor and aid worker, Peter Casier has a tendency to convert his hobby into a full time profession. After writing a book detailing his trip sailing across the Atlantic, he turned to the Internet to publish it and discovered the power of blogs, social media and crowd sourcing. He got hooked as a hobby, and after sixteen years with different UN agencies, started full-time consulting on online media.

Michelle Kovacevic is a science communicator with an honours degree in neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is currently the editor of the CIFOR blog, freelances for several science magazines, presents science shows to school students and has also worked in the field of corporate science communication.

Photography training
Had ISG hassling you to provide more photos from the field? Here we teach you some basic photographic techniques and how to compose a picture that tells your research story. Please bring your own cameras for a practical session after the discussion.

Dita Alangkara is a news photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia

Bibliographic referencing: EndNote
EndNote bibliographic management software is available to help researchers control their bibliographic references and create bibliographies easily and automatically. It helps them to store and manage their references. It also works with Microsoft Word to automatically insert citations and create a reference list (or bibliography) for their research.

Please make sure you have EndNote installed on your computer prior to this session. Contact Deki (d.hardeki@cgiar.org) in IT for a copy of the disk.

Trainers: Yuan and Wiwit

Q+A: Building a successful career in science
Participate in a wide-ranging Q+A session with CIFOR scientists who share insights from their careers. Topics covered include: networking at conferences, communication with academics and the public, building your career step-by-step, publishing well, and having an impact.

Panelists: Yves Laumonier, Christine Padoch, Herry Purnomo.
Moderated by Aaron Russell