This course aims will help you to communicate your research findings accurately and concisely to different audiences. The main focus is on how to communicate in print, radio and TV to non-scientific audiences, but the skills will translate across writing research reports, giving presentations and many other common research activities.
It is based on a 3-day non-residential course (but including 2 evenings) at the University of Warwick which will consist of a variety of seminars by experts in the field on for example, where news originates, how to construct a press release, critical analysis of the media, and how to respond to journalistic enquiries. There will be a considerable amount of group work including generating a mock radio documentary to be recorded in local BBC studios. The course is followed up by an individual mentored project, which involves a communication activity targeted at non-specialists.
The course will be of particular value to any researcher wanting to communicate their research better, understand and work with the media, and inspire others about scientific research.