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Science Communications Workshop for Grad Students and Postdocs



1:00pm - 6:00pm ET

Rm 375, Irving Institute

Effective communication is an essential part of research. As part of their day to day responsibilities, researchers must communicate their work via a wide range of modalities including academic publications, grant proposals, reports, lectures, conference presentations, speeches, interviews, etc. A major challenge that many researchers face is the ability to communicate their work clearly, concisely and confidently, particularly to non-expert audiences. This training workshop incorporates creative elements from the worlds of performance and improvisation to address these gaps.

By the end of the training, participants will have a clear and compelling "research elevator speech" that effectively conveys what they do, why they do it, and why it matters. Participants will be invited to present their research pitches developed during the workshop in a friendly competition judged by a panel of faculty members. The tools and skills that will be developed during this training are fully transferable and will enable participants to improve their communication in both academic and non-academic settings.

Rose Mutiso '08 Th'08: a scientist-practitioner straddling academia, policy, and public engagement, whose TED talks on the future of African energy have been viewed over 3.5 million times.

Jessamyn Fairfield: an award-winning physicist, comedian, and improviser is the founder, director, and MC of Bright Club Ireland, a research comedy variety night, podcast, and YouTube channel.

Jessamyn and Rose co-designed this training workshop, and Rose will lead the session in-person at Dartmouth with the support of staff from the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.



For more information, contact Angelika Hofmann at