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Innovative science communication coaching by video conference

19 early career researcher network members in 10 countries have taken part in, or been awarded places to, innovative science communication coaching sessions delivered by video-conference.

The CONNECTED Network piloted the sessions in January 2020 and, following positive feedback from participants (see below), a new group of researchers have now been allocated places in sessions scheduled for April 2020.

The way scientists communicate their work, their science, and how awesome they are, can have a major impact on their future. This initiative helps early career researchers become more confident in communicating their science, and more skilful in raising their professional profile.

They are held via Skype, and cover:

  • Structuring conversations to help researchers seize the interest of others they meet
  • Making your professional online profile stand out, reflecting your strengths to enhance your networks
  • Writing concise ‘introduction’ emails that influence, rather than ending up in ‘trash’

Sharing the learning

Full written notes are also provided to participants with the expectation they then share the new learning in their own organisation.

The offer to apply for a place was made to early career researcher CONNECTED Network members who attended 2019 training courses held in Kenya, Nigeria and the UK, and to those involved in research projects that have received pump-prime funding from CONNECTED.

The sessions were devised and are run by CONNECTED Network Communications Officer, Richard Wyatt.

CONNECTED network member feedback from the pilot sessions included:

  • “important in developing a successful career”
  • “wonderful coaching session”
  • “a very interactive session”
  • “a very wonderful learning session”
  • “I have really learnt a lot”
  • “a very good initiative”
  • “I’m overwhelmed at what I have learnt.”