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

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:

Fellows’ Press releases

You can find here the press releases of the fellows who participated in the practical part of module 1.

Feedback

You can find here the results of the questionnaire assessing the level of satisfaction of the fellows regarding module 1.

Module 2 - Giving a presentation

Teachers

Mike Hoffmann, Monni Bohm, Ana Rodrigues

Fellows
  Theory Practice Tutor
Shawn Yes Yes Ana
Marie-Morgane Yes Yes Monni
Kathrin Yes Yes Mike
Scott Yes Yes Ana
Martin Yes Yes Monni
João Yes Yes Mike
Prabhat
Yes Yes Ana
Carmen Yes Yes Monni
Pauline Yes Yes Mike
Ivon Yes Yes Ana
Sean Yes Yes Monni
Gonzalo Yes Yes Mike
Maria Yes Yes Ana
Konstantina Yes Yes Monni
Matt Yes No
Clare
Yes Yes Mike
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)
    Mike’s presentation, Part 1 (Presentation Basics: Contents, Story, Delivery)
    Mike’s presentation, Part 2 (Timing, Slides, Presenting in the time of covid; Getting your talk accepted)
    Exercise: give feedback on a previous presentation by Mike (see on youtube) by filling this questionnaire
  2. Fellows’ independent work – from 8-20 January
    Each fellow prepares a 15 mins presentation for the General Assembly
  3. General Assembly [2 days, zoom] – 21-22 Jan
  4. Feedback to fellows regarding their presentation
    By the tutors, and by the other fellows.
  5. Final discussion [2 hours, zoom] – 25January 14h-16h (Paris time)
    Meeting with fellows & teachers to exchange about results, difficulties, lessons learnt…
Feedback

You can find here the results of the questionnaire assessing the level of satisfaction of the fellows regarding module 2.

Module 3 - Interviewing and being interviewed

Teachers

Charlotte Coales (Public Engagement Manager at ZSL)

Fellows
  Theory Practice: interviewing Practice: being interviewed
Shawn Yes
Marie-Morgane Yes Yes Yes
Kathrin Yes
Scott Yes
Martin Yes Yes
João Yes
Prabhat
Carmen Yes
Pauline Yes
Ivon Yes Yes Yes
Sean Yes Yes Yes
Gonzalo Yes Yes Yes
Maria Yes
Konstantina Yes Yes Yes
Matt Yes Yes Yes
Clare
Training goals
  • Develop general skills for communicating about scientific results to a broad, non-specialised, audience
  • Understand both perspectives in an interview: what the interviewer wants to obtain in the interview, and what the interviewee wants to transmit.
  • Practice preparing for an interview as interviewee and then being interviewed
  • Practice preparing for an interview as interviewer and then interview someone
Module structure and timeline
  1. Theory: Course Facilitation and interview skills – By Charlotte Coales – Monday 15 March
    The video is available here (password: v+FeuG=8)
  • This training is aimed at anyone who is interested in facilitating discussion events and interviewing speakers.  It is also useful training on how to be interviewed (and give a good interview) yourself!  We will explore best practice, the relationship between an audience and the experts speaking, and reflect on what makes a good facilitated event and a good interview.  We will cover:
    The role of the facilitator/interviewer/interviewee

    • First impressions and body language
    • Key skills involved in effective facilitation (between an audience and a speaker)
    • Interview techniques
    • Dealing with tricky situations
    • Reflection and best practice
  1. Practice: Being interviewed – Interviews of fellows done by Charlotte Coales – Monday 22 March (15 mins interview; 15 mins feedback and discussion).
  1. Practice: Interviewing – Fellows to organise an interview with someone of their choice. Interviews up to 15 minutes. Fellows ensure interview is filmed and then send it to Pauline to upload to the intranet.
  1. Fellows feedback on the interviews – By Thursday 26 March. Optional: Fellows watch each other’s interviews and give feedback using a google form (see links above). Feedback sent to fellows by Friday 27 March.
  1. Final discussion meeting Monday 29 March – 14-16:30h (Paris time)

https://umontpellier-fr.zoom.us/j/89915326207?pwd=elcyTFdjTFp4dUpuMFZJR3dGY2drQT09

Meeting with fellows & teachers to exchange about results, difficulties, lessons learnt. Charlotte will highlight some of the general points observed from all the interviews conducted on the 22nd March, and will provide tailored feedback to individual fellows on the fellows interviewing techniques.

Feedback

You can find here the results of the questionnaire assessing the level of satisfaction of the fellows regarding module 3.

Additional resources for preparing for an interview

Module 4 - Communicating science to the public and to policy makers

Teachers

A. Charlotte Coales (Public Engagement Manager at ZSL)

B. Jerry Harrison (Principal Technical Specialist of Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support at UNEP-WCMC)

Fellows
  A_Public engagement-1 A_Public engagement-2  B_Reaching policy-makers
Shawn
Marie-Morgane
Kathrin
Scott
Martin
João
Prabhat
Carmen
Pauline
Ivon
Sean
Gonzalo
Maria
Konstantina
Matt
Clare
Training goals
  • Develop skills for engaging with and communicating about scientific results to the general public
  • Develop skills for reaching and communicating about scientific results to policy-makers
Module structure and timeline
A) Public engagement

It will run in two sessions (both optional, but in order to attend session 2, you should attend session 1 first)

Session 1. Public engagement – key concepts: Friday 30th April (2 – 5pm Paris time; https://umontpellier-fr.zoom.us/j/84718090332?pwd=azJBQnZ3eXNEYis0eHA3c2JtNVBBQT09)

  • Definitions
  • Benefits
  • Audiences
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Key messages recap
  • Recap on the role of narrative (I know this is something that has already been touched on several times!)
  • Evaluation techniques
  • Health & safety and safeguarding

Session 2. Public engagement – putting it into practice: Friday 7th May (2 – 5pm Paris time; https://umontpellier-fr.zoom.us/j/88244980654?pwd=QWh0Ujd5Rlo0cXY4anF2Q04weVM5dz09).

  • Audiences
  • Communication or engagement
  • Online vs in-person
  • Platforms, formats and resources
  • Starting and closing conversations
  • Object facilitation and props
  • Challenging situations
B) Reaching policy-makers

This will be a three-hour course, likely to take place on the 12th of May  – details to follow.

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