Digital seminar series on science communication

Free online trainings for registered Community members

This online training series provides you with the basics for presenting and explaining scientific facts and findings as well as your research projects and results to the general public.

The seminars cover the basic objectives and methods of successful science communication and allow you to deepen your knowledge and skills in areas such as storytelling, presenting and visualizing. Furthermore, you can improve your self branding and media skills, like appearance in front of the camera or social media communication — useful skills at the beginning of your scientific career.


Our training series offers you online training on science communication, consisting of a basic module to convey the basics of professional science communication, scientific storytelling and message distilling. In addition, it offers two different advanced modules: the first one is on creating scientific presentations and posters. The second one is on effective communication and presentation to create an authentic branding and professional networking for scientists.

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You can attend a basic module and choose one of the advanced modules.

Basic module: Storytelling and Message Distilling

Basics of Science Communication

In this seminar we will work on the basics of scientific storytelling and message distilling. A particular focus will be on presenting in online formats and contexts.

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In this one day format, our communication coaches will help you develop a comprehensive storyline around your research topic. Your final product will be an engaging 3 minute narrative, designed as a template to help you speak effectively and responsively with multiple audiences.

Learning Objectives/ Aims

  • Strategies for efficient on- and offline communication in academia
  •  Introduction to the basics of storytelling
  • Introduction to the fundamentals of message distilling
  • Function of emotions, techniques and methods for using emotions in SciComm
  • Development of metaphors and analogies
  • Development of "first lines / last lines"

The goal of this workshop is to help scientists learn to communicate more effectively about science
with audiences outside their field of study, with the focus on the general public, but also policy
makers, the media, students, potential employers or funders, and prospective collaborators in other
disciplines. Through discussion and practice, we will focus on developing a communication “GAME
plan”- clear and concise Goals, connecting with your Audience, refining your Message, and
Executing by speaking clearly and conversationally about your work and why it matters.

Dates

I) 16.11.2021 & 23.11.2021, 1.30 to 4:30 pm (CET)
II) 17.11.2021 & 24.11.2021, 1.30 to 4:30 pm (CET)
III) 19.11.2021 & 26.11.2021, 1.30 to 4:30 pm (CET)

Besides the course attendance, the workload aso includes about 4 hours of preparation and homework.

Coach
Dr. Daniel Angerhausen, Director Explainables Communication, Senior Scientist ETH, Zürich

Advanced module I: Creating Scientific Presentations and Posters

This seminar offers a hands-on introduction on how to create effective visual products to communicate your research. We will explore some fundamental principles of graphic design and how they can be applied to scientific presentations or posters.

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In collaboration with the instructors you will work actively on crafting your presentation or poster in class. The concepts the instructor will show should be independent of the software you use and applicable to e.g. google slides, Powerpoint, Keynote, Latex, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

Learning Objectives/ Aims:

  • Introduction to basic presentation and poster design
  • Application of visual design principles to guide your process of creating scientific visuals
  • Effectively communicate your research with a scientific presentation or poster
  • Incorporating useful tips and tricks about various layout software tools
  • Avoiding technical pitfalls for digital and printing products (file formats, color spaces, image resolution, text, etc.)

We will work with short lecture bits, interactive exercises and improvisation activities. In hands-on exercises with professional feedback by designers you will learn to create your own presentation or poster template and how you improve your presentation slide deck or poster for your specific talk. You will present your major improvements in front of the class and you will benefit from peer feedback.

Dates

10.01.2022 & 17.01.2022, 1:30 to 4:30 pm CET

Besides the course attendance, the workload aso includes about 4 hours of preparation and homework.

Trainer

Amran Salleh, Graphic Designer, Hamburg

Advanced module II: Authentic Branding and Professional Networking for Scientists

Effective Communication and Presentation

This seminar will help participants to communicate better with their academic and non-academic peers, to develop their personal brand and to exercise their networking skills.

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Science Communication is more than outreach. Every time scientists communicate within or outside their communities, at conferences, in proposals or with policy makers, communication skills are key. Starting and maintaining a conversation are the keys to establishing academic relationships. A branding strategy can be a crucial step in winning grants, building a scientific reputation and advancing your career. Networking at all career levels and between disciplines is a key skill to establish professional relationships within academia or the job market in the industry. We will help participants to communicate better with their academic and non-academic peers, to develop their personal brand and to exercise their networking skills.

Learning Objectives/ Aims:

  • General communication strategies for scientists
  • Understanding the benefits of personal branding in academia
  • Performing a self/ brand assessment
  • Comprehensively developing your brand and managing it online
  • Understanding “product cycles” in science
  • Improved networking in academia

Your final product will be a “signature research idea” for which we develop a set of pitches for various audiences that will improve your presentation and communication skills for the next conference appearance.

Dates

08.12.201 & 15.12.2021, 1:30 to 4:30 pm CET

Besides the course attendance, the workload aso includes about 4 hours of preparation and homework.

Facilitator
Dr. Daniel Angerhausen, Director Explainables Communication, Senior Scientist ETH, Zürich


Who can register?

The advanced training series takes place online and is aimed at:

Graduates, PhD candidates and postdocs among registered members of the Alumniportal Community.

Further requirements:

If you want to take part in the advanced training series on science communication, you should meet the following selection criteria:

  • You are aiming for a scientific career.
  • You have completed your first university degree and currently doing a Master's, doctorate or a postdoc.
  • Availability of the required technical equipment (fast and stable internet access, webcam, headset).

Note: In addition to fulfilling the selection criteria, places at the online training will be allocated according to the principle of "first come - first served". Membership on the Alumniportal Deutschland is required to participate in the advanced training.


Organizational and technical details

Each module takes place as an online seminar, on two half days of 3 hours each including breaks, usually in the afternoon Central European Time (CET). The overall workload of a module is about 10 hours and includes - besides the course attendance - about 4 hours of preparation and homework.

Participants can attend a basic module "Communication Skills for Scientists – Storytelling and Message Distilling" and choose one of the advanced modules. Participation in the advanced modules is only possible after completing a basic module. The number of participants per seminar is limited to 12 to 16 people.

The online seminars take place in the video conference application "Zoom". The use is free of charge for the participants and complies with data protection regulations.

A (free) membership in the Alumniportal Deutschland Community is required to participate. As part of the training, participants exchange ideas in a closed group on the Alumniportal Deutschland. Updates to the seminars, links to presentations and further information are also stored here.

The seminars are held in English language.

You will receive a certificate for successfully completed modules.


Dates

The online seminars will take place between November 2021 and January 2022. You can find the dates for each module in the information boxes above. Please state in the registration form which modules you choose and which dates you prefer.

 


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Registration deadline: 10 November 2021

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In case of questions please contact info@alumniportal-deutschland.org.

Trainers

  • Dr. Daniel Angerhausen Dr. Daniel Angerhausen
  • Amran Salleh Amran Salleh

Scientist: Dr. Daniel Angerhausen is an astrophysicist and astrobiologist at ETH Zürich. The former NASA postdoctoral fellow already flew six missions on the NASA airborne telescope SOFIA for his search for planets around other stars. His academic interests cover exoplanets, astrobiology, lunar and planetary surface analysis, multi-object and integral-field spectroscopy, airborne astronomy, timeseries analysis, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.  

Speaker: He is a renowned science communicator and very active in education, public outreach and science policy making. Over the past 5 years alone he gave more than 100 academic and public presentations. He is an Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science alumnus, International Science Slammer, Famelab New York regional and Famelab Switzerland national finalist, AAS Astronomy Ambassador, contributor for various SciComm outlets, reappearing guest, organizer and host at Astronomy on Tap or Pint of Science. 

Founder: Daniel is co-founder and CEO of the Explainables non-profit, a team of highly qualified young science speakers, communication coaches, and technology consultants from all over the globe. Daniel is a core science committee member, mentor and facilitator of NASA Frontier Development Lab, an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning incubator tackling challenges in various elds of space sciences in collaboration with industry stakeholders such as Google Cloud, Nvidia or IBM.

Designer: Amran Salleh is an independent communication designer, he is passionate about creating brands and communication concepts. He has realized conceptions for several architectural exhibitions in Latvia, Italy, China and Germany for different clients. Since 2018 his main fields are project lead and art direction in several creative projects from exhibitions to the creation of brands. 

 

Founder: Amran is co-founder and creative director of the Explainables non-profit, a team of highly qualified young science speakers, communication coaches, and technology consultants from all over the globe. Amran is the creative head of the Explainables. He is responsible for the branding and corporate identity of the organization and leads designing workshops for scientists.


Organizers

Your experts in science consultancy and communication. Explainables are a diverse team of high qualified young communicators sharpening your scientific and cultural communication skills helping you make your work explainable.

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes scientific collaborations between excellent foreign and German researchers. As an intermediary organization for German foreign cultural and educational policy, the Humboldt Foundation promotes international cultural dialogue and academic exchange. The foundation maintains a network of more than 30,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in over 140 countries worldwide - including 57 Nobel Prize winners.

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Der DAAD ist die weltweit größte Förderorganisation für den internationalen Austausch von Studierenden und Wissenschaftlern. Dem DAAD ist der Kontakt zu den Alumni ein sehr wichtiges Anliegen. Deshalb finanziert er Veranstaltungen von DAAD-Alumni in Deutschland und im Ausland, fördert DAAD-Alumnivereine und die Alumniarbeit deutscher Hochschulen, informiert und vernetzt Alumni aus aller Welt.

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Registration deadline: 10 November 2021

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In case of questions please contact info@alumniportal-deutschland.org.

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