Become a convincing communicator for maximum research engagement and impact

List of the workshops delivered by Associate Professor Paul Willis

In this series of two-half day workshops delivered by Associate Professor Paul Willis who is one of Australia’s leading science communicators in creating impact for research through outreach and engagement, you will develop key communication skills that are important for delivering successful presentations to a wide range of audiences from different backgrounds and cultures. You will also become more aware of some of the key communication strategies and approaches available for effectively engaging key stakeholders on your research project.

Note these workshops were completed in October 2020.

Telling Research Stories

Workshop content

This workshop will explore storytelling techniques for researchers, including theoretical aspects of effective communication strategies to create research impacts. In this three-hour event, participants will also create some material for research communications, including a research communication plan to better communicate their research to different stakeholders. We will also cover the effective use of mobile phone cameras to create great pictures for research communication purposes. This will be a fully interactive workshop, which will include exercises and assignments to be reviewed in real time via submission to Dropbox, to get you thinking about your own research communication approaches.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Identify storytelling techniques you may need to use to communicate in plain English your research findings and engage effectively key stakeholders from different cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Understand the concepts of knowledge transfer and its two distinctive parts (impact and engagement);
  • Make effective use of mobile phone cameras to create great pictures for research communication purposes.
Creating Communication Networks

Workshop content

Building upon what you will have learnt in our first workshop Telling Research Stories, we will be exploring in this 3-hour session how to create a social media network as a platform for communicating your research. We will also discuss how to use simple ways to create written content to populate your online research communications. This will be a fully interactive workshop, which will include exercises and assignments to be reviewed in real time via submission to Dropbox, to get you thinking about your own research communication approaches. All content will be specifically compiled for the use of researchers at the University of New England.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Identify the social media networks relevant for communicating successfully your research/project;
  • Write effective content for social media;
  • Create strong communication networks for promoting your research and achieving project impact.