Workshop: the benefits of science communication for ECRs

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Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 21 October 2015


RegNet Meeting Room, Level 3, Coombs Extension, Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Gemma Carey & Inger Mewburn


Emma Larking
+61 (0)2 6125 1513

Recently, the old slogan ‘publish or perish’ has been joined by ‘be visible or vanish’. The demand for academics to demonstrate their relevance and impact both inside and outside the academe is ever present and growing.

For the next generation of researchers, this has created new pressures. Demonstrating impact isn’t simply about citations. Increasingly, one needs to show that they are knowledge brokers, not just knowledge producers - acting as catalysts for change in communities of practice and policy. This type of science communication work demands a more diverse skill set, particularly with regard to writing.

To keep up with the changing world of academic research, PhD students need to work on developing their research communication skills, along with their technical research skills. They also need to pay attention to developing their public profile, or risk vanishing before they become visible.

While this may seem daunting, engaging with a wider range of audiences provides researchers with many payoffs including networking opportunities, better communication skills, and new job opportunities just to name a few.

In this workshop, we explore the demand for visibility and diverse forms of science communication, how you can integrate this with your existing research practice and balance it with other demands, and the types of skills you need to focus on developing.

Life after the PhD: what do employers want?

Inger will also be sharing the results of some research she has been doing with colleagues on doctoral employability. Rather than ask employers, Dr Mewburn and her associates explored the content of job ads themselves. What they found might surprise you. This lecture will get you thinking about what your options are when you graduate - and what you can do now to prepare for life after the PhD.

About the Speakers

Dr Inger Mewburn is currently the Director of Research Training, ANU, where she is responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience to inform practice.

Aside from editing and contributing to The Thesis Whisperer, she writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences. She is a regular guest speaker at other universities and do occassional media interviews.

Dr Gemma Carey is a researcher at the Regulatory Institutions Network. Her academic work focuses public administration and joined-up government. She has been working with the community sector for over ten years and is committed to improving relationships between academia, the community sector and policy.

Gemma contributes to a range of health- and policy-related blogs and publications, including Croakey, VCOSS Voice, The Record, Parity and Good Policy. She also gives talks at a variety of community sector and policy forums and runs ‘Power to Persuade’ an online policy blog and annual symposium.

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