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Communicating Research

Why do we do 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. 

If you have questions, or ideas for special topics, please contact Marlit Hayslett at 434-243-5561 or marlit@virginia.edu.   

Events

October 20, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom

It's a universal experience: Every single one of us has sat through a presentation with slides that distracted from the speaker. Perhaps you even had a good nap because the speaker read every word on every slide. In this session, we will identify the classic PPT pitfalls that limit our audiences' ability to receive our message. We will show you...

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October 21, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom

It's a universal experience: Every single one of us has sat through a presentation with slides that distracted from the speaker. Perhaps you even had a good nap because the speaker read every word on every slide. In this session, we will identify the classic PPT pitfalls that limit our audiences' ability to receive our message. We will show you...

Competencies:
October 21, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom

It's a universal experience: Every single one of us has sat through a presentation with slides that distracted from the speaker. Perhaps you even had a good nap because the speaker read every word on every slide. In this session, we will identify the classic PPT pitfalls that limit our audiences' ability to receive our message. We will show you...

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October 22, 2020 | 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

In this 60-minute workshop, we will learn a systematic approach for thinking about your research narrative. The Message Tool is a schematic that guides you to distil the key elements of your research narrative so you can clarify what you want and need to communicate.This session will work best for you if you have a defined research...

October 28, 2020 | 3:30 pm
Zoom Link will be shared Oct 26.

Have you ever tried to explain a complicated idea from your field and found yourself trying to compare it to something else? This is a good intuition! In this 75-minute workshop, we will learn a step-by-step approach for creating an analogy to explain complex concepts. We will talk about what analogies are, what works best when creating them,...

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November 4, 2020 | 4:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared Nov 2.

Update 10/12/20: THIS SESSION IS NOW RUNNING A WAITLIST.  There are a few spaces in the Nov 18 session. 

(Please note that this is the same workshop as the Nov. 18th session.) 

In this one-hour workshop, we will practice four basic principles of writing in plain language.

You may be wondering, what is plain language...

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November 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared Nov 3.

In this new discussion series, we will explore science communication around the world. For each session, a brief read-ahead will be provided (a book chapter, a blog, a news article, etc) to prime our conversation. What can learn from our friends around the world about communicating science and what impact does it have?  You are welcome to come...

November 11, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared Nov 9.

Have you ever heard anyone say, "know your audience"? That's great advice, but how do you do it? In this hour-long session, we will explore a variety of ways of getting to know your audience. This workshop is primarily relevant to oral presentations, but may also be useful to writers with a specific audience in mind. 

Register...

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November 12, 2020 | 2:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared Nov 10.

PhD Plus is excited to announce the latest addition to our research communication curriculum: Speak Easy. Developed by UVA PhD student Adrienne Williams, Speak Easy is an innovative opportunity for graduate students from different disciplines to develop skills explaining their research to non-specialist audiences. In a small group setting,...

November 18, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Zoom Link will be shared on Nov 16.

(Please note that this is the same workshop as the Nov. 4th session.) 

In this one-hour workshop, we will practice four basic principles of writing in plain language.

You may be wondering, what is plain language? Good question. "Plain language" is way of communicating information simply and efficiently to your audiences....

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November 19, 2020 | 3:30 pm
Zoom Link will be on Nov 17.

Update 10/12/20: THIS SESSION IS NOW RUNNING A WAITLIST. 

Storytelling is a wonderful skill. How many times have you listened to someone tell a story and found yourself lost in the moment? In this 75-minute workshop, we will work on a technique to help you explain your research as a story. Please come with a draft version (1-2 paragraphs...

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