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Knowing how to effectively communicate research with non-experts requires a certain skillset that can be learned and developed with practice. This course on ‘Effective Science Communication’ will provide researchers with the core tools and techniques to help them communicate any piece of research, published or unpublished, to a variety of different audiences. It covers the essential steps, including identifying communication goals, understanding different audiences, and crafting a key message. The course also explores the different communication methods and channels available.
‘Writing a Research Paper’ focuses on how to write an effective, clear and concise article that will appeal to a broad audience as well as attracting the attention of your peers.
‘Publishing a Research Paper’ focuses on how to submit your research paper, and gives a comprehensive overview of how to navigate the editorial and publishing process, including revisions.
‘Writing and Publishing a Review Paper’ focuses on how to write and publish a scientific review paper.
‘Narrative Tools for Researchers’ explains how to use narrative techniques to help you communicate your research to the scientific community in an effective, compelling and memorable way.
‘Advancing Your Scientific Presentations’ teaches you how to create more memorable and engaging presentations to your scientific peers. In the course, you will discover how you can develop your research story – the foundation of your presentation – using narrative tools, how to build a slide deck that supports and enhances your presentation, and how to prepare to deliver your presentation on the day.
‘Getting an Academic Research Position’ will show researchers how to get an academic research position that suits them perfectly. It will teach them the skills to find, select and apply to suitable roles, send tailored applications, and impress potential employers at the interview.
‘Persuasive Grant Writing’ explains how to use narrative tools to create grant applications that resonate with the audience – your chosen funder. In the course, you will discover how narrative tools can improve the quality of your grant applications, how understanding your funder will help you align your research question with their objectives and how to apply narrative tools across your grant applications to make them more informative and persuasive.
‘Finding Funding Opportunities’ provides researchers with the skills needed to identify their professional and personal circumstances as well as research needs, and to find and prioritise funding opportunities that best fit their requirements and expertise.
‘Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential’ covers the key elements of effective data management during research projects. In this course you will discover how good data management will benefit your research and career, and learn how to implement best practices in research data management in order to maximise the outputs of your research.
‘Data Analysis: Planning and Preparing’ introduces the essential elements of robust data analysis during a research project. In this course, you will discover how planning and preparing for data analysis will avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes, benefitting your immediate research and ultimately your reputation and career.
‘Data Analysis: Conducting and Troubleshooting’ introduces the key concepts, processes and methodologies of effective data analysis during research projects. In this course, you will discover how conducting effective data analysis will benefit your research and career, and learn how to implement best practices in order to maximise the outputs of your research.
‘Interpreting Scientific Results’ is aimed at all researchers in the natural sciences who want to develop their skills in adequately interpreting results. It provides the knowledge, life-long practical skills and confidence required to address their scientific question, contextualise their findings to understand the bigger picture, as well as what they bring to their scientific field, and write an interpretation with a focus on their key message.
‘Networking for Researchers’ covers the key elements needed to acquire or perfect effective professional networking skills for scientific researchers. In this course you will discover how building a professional network will benefit your research and career, and learn the skills to build and maintain networking connections in a variety of settings, both in-person and online.
‘Introduction to Collaboration’ introduces the idea of research collaboration and how becoming a more effective collaborator could help to further both your research and your career. Even if you’ve already participated in collaborative research, this course provides a useful introduction to the topic of research collaboration, as well as valuable context and advice around the pros and cons of collaborative projects and how they can help you reach your goals.
‘Participating in a Collaboration’ focuses on how to ensure you make a meaningful contribution when you join a collaborative project. The course will help to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective and valuable member of the team. This course is particularly suited to researchers who have little or no experience in working collaboratively.
If you already have collaborative experience and are ready to initiate your own research collaboration, ‘Leading a Collaboration’ covers all aspects of setting up, leading, managing and closing down your own collaborative research project.
‘Focus on Peer Review’ is a free online training course that will teach researchers the foundations of good peer review. Register for an account to access the course.