Communicating Research

We are curious about something. We want to discover something new. Solve an old problem. Ask a new question.

The process of research can be very rewarding in its own right, but if we neglect to share it with others, what difference can it make?  

Very few of us are born knowing how to read our audiences' glazed eyes and know how to get their attention. Few of us know how to design our presentations for audiences beyond our disciplinary colleagues. Most of us are terrified to speak in public and therefore we offer presentations that follow a familiar, but boring format. Each of these challenges can be successfully overcome, but it takes practice. 

Communicating research is a set of skills that must be learned. 

Learning Goals

Through the research communication workshops, you will:

  • Be exposed to fundamental communication skills including learning about your audience, designing an audience-targeted message, writing in plain language, avoiding jargon, and developing a compelling presentation style.  

  • Apply and practice the skills we are learning to your own research. 

  • Co-learn with fellow trainees as you provide one another feedback on your presentations. 

  • Become more aware of the nuances of communicating research and science (vs everyday conversation or interactions).  

  • Engage in discussions on the role of communicating research in contemporary societal-level issues.  

 

If you have questions, or ideas for special topics, please contact Marlit Hayslett at 434-243-5561 or [email protected].   

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Research

 

Here you can learn about careers that involve communicating research to broad audience

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Community

 

Here you can connect with peers and alums involved in research communication work

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Skills Series

 

Different levels of Skills series are offered every Fall & Spring semesters. Click here for details.

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Experience

 

Practice your research communication skills. Click here for details on competitions, projects and internships.