How can early career researchers communicate their research to different publics and stimulate a dialogue? We addressed this question with doctoral students from University of Bayreuth in a two-day online workshop on December 15 and 16.
The first day of the training was focused on science communication and public engagement. Besides an overview of the concepts and their development, we also talked about their growing importance for successful research proposals with national and international funding agencies. Participants also discussed opportunities and challenges connected to communication with non-scientists.
Further input addressed strategic communication and choice of goals, target groups and formats. Afterwards, participants had the opportunity to develop first ideas how to communicate their research. The second day of the training focused on practical tips for successful science communication as well as best practice examples. In groups, participants then further developed their communication ideas from day one, including concrete steps to put them into practice. After presentation of the results, the other participants were invited to ask questions and give feedback. Throughout the day, there were also many opportunities to discuss individual questions and issues of the participants related to communication and public engagement.