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WORKSHOP: WRITE AND TALK SCIENCE

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENTISTS AND MEDICAL DOCTORS


The course is designed as an interactive workshop so as to upgrade the communication skills of scientists or future scientists from different fields and at different levels. It addresses the very particular communication needs of a scientific community from a wide-angle perspective but also in a very context-specific manner.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

Junior research staff and trainees of scientific institutes, medical doctors, Ph.D. and last-year Master students in science

Maximum 10 persons per group

DATES AND VENUE

dates to discuss

your premises or Archamps Technopole, Archamps, France (15 min from the Geneva International Airport)

LANGUAGE

English

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The participants will learn how to clearly communicate about their scientific work with different publics, both orally and in writing, and how to be more efficient preparing their communications. More specific objectives depend on the chosen variant.


"You have some bright ideas on the subject of scientific communication. (...) It is true that the English language is now mastered fairly well by authors around the world. At the same time, many scientists have problems in developing a clear and understandable line of arguments. A suitable course could help."


Prof. Paul Kleihues, M.D.,

former director of International Agency  for Research on Cancer (WHO), former senior Clinical Cancer Research editor

TRAINING METHODS

The course is run as a highly interactive workshop with real-case exercises. The programme is tailored on a case-by-case basis to suit the level, the needs, and the specialties of the participants, with a majority of the exercises being based on their research topics and fields of interest. The participants can also provide their own drafts to work on with the group during the training. In addition to the group course, the trainer will be available for at least one extra hour per day for individual tutorials and discussions.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

The most common elements which can be included in the programme are listed below. However, the scope, the level and the proportions will differ from training to training in order to suit your needs and including additional elements is also possible.

- General principles of communication

- Structuring a good text:  coherence and logic for effective communication

- Specificities of a scientific language: vocabulary and style

- Different types of texts in a life of a scientist: guidelines and habits

- Critical reading in scientific evaluation

- How to write and talk about science to non-scientists

- Written versus oral communication

- Communicating in English for French speakers (where suitable)


COURSE LEADER

Katarzyna Szymańska, Science to the Point

Katarzyna Szymańska has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, a postgraduate study diploma in languages and translation (specialty: English), and a rich international experience in both fields. She has also been involved in university teaching as well as in scientific evaluation and writing. Continuing in this interdisciplinary spirit, she offers specific comprehensive trainings in scientific communication addressed to and adapted to the needs of scientists working in different fields and at different levels all over the world.

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