Science outreach: Why and how to do it

Having tools to communicate scientific findings beyond academia is vital to increase one’s research impact. Read about our recent efforts to teach such tools, and highlights from the literature, in our autumn newsletter!

The Elevate team

Trainings

Presentation techniques are in the spotlight! We recently delivered two very successful workshops: a one-day workshop on presentation techniques to Mid Sweden University and a half-day workshop on the art of Science Slamming to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research.

“I have been to presentation workshops before, but this was the best! I feel super motivated to sign up for a science slam competition!"

– Postdoc, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

We like to practice what we preach, so Nellie also accepted the challenge of delivering a scientific seminar for kids.

We also delivered our usual workshops on scientific and grant writing at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, the Danish Cancer Society Research Center and Lund University, as well as for the LIGHTer PhD network.

Recent publication

An article by Rafael Molina and colleagues that we provided editorial support for was published in Nature Communications. The authors present the structure of Sulfolobus islandicus (Sis) Csx1-cOA4 complex, which reveals the allosteric activation of its RNase activity.

Invited talk

Dan gave a conference-special-event talk on How to write and publish impactful publications at the 8th Scandinavian Conference, Amyloid Diseases and Amyloid Mechanisms (ADAM8). The conference attracted a multidisciplinary audience of basic scientists and clinical investigators from Scandinavian and Baltic countries.

ERC interviews in focus

The interview stage for the ERC Consolidator Grant scheme took place last month. We helped a few European researchers with different aspects of their narrative, slides, presentation and handling Q&As. Our latest blog post tells more about our experience and summarizes our reflections.

Noteworthy

An editorial in the BMJ emphasizes the importance of communicating research findings arising from clinical trials to the participants. Calling such reporting an ethical imperative, the editorial states: “Reporting back to participants is part of the discipline of transparency that keeps researchers honest and accountable.”
A recent paper in Nature Climate Change elaborates on how communication of uncertainty in climate research can influence the acceptance of the reported scientific findings and the trust in the scientists’ claims.
More men than women were awarded an important category of grants by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council this year, reports a news story in Nature. Much of the disparity pertains to the most senior applicants, whereas there was little disparity in success rates at junior and intermediate levels.
In a post on the LSE Impact blog, David Beer tests a new tool that uses AI to churn out summaries of research papers and reflects on what this might mean for wider ideas about research and learning.

“If left unchecked, we might well end up undermining the conditions that actually facilitate creativity, thoughtfulness and an eye for a good idea”, he concludes.