SISB6 - New ways to train science communication skills

Day Day 1
Code SISB6
Start time 18.00
Room Norfolk
Audience For Researcher Developers

Dr Claudine Leysinger, Head Graduate Campus, University of Zurich

Session outline:

Today's early-career researchers need to be skilled communicators and be able to break down their highly complex research topics into broadly understandable language. This skill is key for an academic career as well as for a career in industry or in research development. In this fast-paced world, researchers need to transmit their ideas in a succinct and comprehensible way, a skill that adds to their employability and facilitates communication among sectors. This special interest session will give an overview of the courses and efforts that the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich offers to foster science communication skills among early-career researchers, which range from writing a story to visualizing one's story and exhibiting research. We have also gained experience with outreach initiatives, such as a cooperation with local cultural institutions, that are unique in Switzerland. During this session, we will address the most recent cooperation with a local museum for contemporary art and give insight into how this novel way of public engagement helps nurturing the careers of researchers.

Themes covered:

  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility
  • Engaging research leaders, principal investigators and supervisors in professional development and nurturing the careers of researchers