2020 – Zoom, T4

Fourth Training Session: Theory and Practice of Communicating at the Science-Policy Interface

The Inspire4Nature training sessions are cross-project opportunities to learn about key concepts related to the science-policy interface in biodiversity conservation, to develop new skills and for establishing collaborations between the fellows. The fourth training session takes place remotely and is structured into four modules, as detailed below.

Module 1 - From a scientific paper to the news

Press releases

You can find here the press releases of the fellows participating in the module 1.

Teachers

Ana Rodrigues, Mike Hoffmann, Monni Bohm

Fellows
  Theory Practice Tutor
Shawn Yes No
Marie-Morgane Yes Yes Mike
Kathrin Yes Yes Monni
Scott Yes No
Martin Yes Yes Ana
João Yes Yes Mike
Carmen Yes Yes Mike
Pauline Yes Yes Monni
Ivon Yes Yes Ana
Sean Yes Yes Monni
Gonzalo Yes No
Maria Yes No
Konstantina Yes Yes Monni
Matt Yes Yes Ana
Training goals
  • Develop general skills for communicating about scientific results to a broad, non-specialised, audience
  • Understand the pathway for communicating about scientific research via a press release, with the final aim of reaching the mainstream media
  • Learn how to write an effective press release
Module structure and timeline
  1. Course [3 hours, zoom] – 23 September 2020 – available HERE
  2. Fellows’ independent work – from 23 September to 15 December. Steps:
    • Draft a press release , either based on a paper you are working on or a published paper of your interest.
    • Ask another fellow to review your first draft.
    • Send second draft + paper on which it is based to your tutor: by 13 November (Tutor sends back comments within a week).
    • Send third draft to your tutor: by 27 November (Tutor sends back comments within a week).
    • Send final piece to Pauline: by 11 December (Pauline will upload to the intranet).
    • Read other fellows’ press releases: by 15 December
  3. Final discussion meeting [2 hours, zoom] – 16 Dec – 11h-13h French Time
    Meeting with fellows & teachers to exchange about results, difficulties, lessons learnt…

For examples of Press Releases, see:

Module 2 - Giving a presentation

Teachers

Mike Hoffmann, Monni Bohm, Ana Rodrigues

Training goals
  • Develop general skills for communicating about scientific results to a wide diversity of audiences
  • Learn how to structure your presentation according to the duration and the audience
  • Practical tips and tricks for giving an engaging presentation
Module structure and timeline
  1. Course [3 hours, zoom] – 8 Jan 14h-17h (Paris Time) (date tbc)
  2. Fellows’ independent work – from 8-20 January (date tbc)
    Each fellow prepares a 15 mins presentation for the General Assembly
  3. General Assembly [1.5 or 2 days?, zoom] – 21-22 Jan (date tbc)
    • Each fellow presents (followed by discussion)
    • All presentations are recorded and subsequently uploaded to the intranet. The main aim of this is for fellows to be able to later see their own presentation in the light of the feedback they receive.
  4. Feedback to fellows regarding their presentation, according to four criteria:
      1. Overall structure & story-telling
      2. Clarity of information provided
      3. Aesthetic quality
      4. Body language of presenter

Two types of feedback:

– By the tutors: for each presentation, the respective tutor (see above) will send the fellow written feedback covering each of the criteria i-iv above.
By the other fellows: for each presentation, the other fellows mark it (1 to 5) according to each of the criteria i-iv above. The purpose of this is: to give each fellow a broader set of opinions (beyond that of the tutor); to make all fellows look at each others’ presentations with a critical eye, thinking about what works and what doesn’t work (which is a great way of learning). The purpose is not to create a competition among fellows, so the feedback will be given anonymously (each fellow will only see the average marks given by the others) and individually (each fellow will only see hers/his their own marks).

  1. Final discussion [2 hours, zoom] – 25January 14h-16h (Paris time) (date tbc)
    Meeting with fellows & teachers to exchange about results, difficulties, lessons learnt…

Module 3 - Interviewing and being interviewed

Details to follow

Module 4 - Individual project

Details to follow