GLOBES Communication Training

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A key goal of GLOBES Certificate training is to encourage and empower graduate students to capably and effectively share the results of their research with diverse audiences. 

GLOBES has developed short course, intensive training modules that focus on the learning and practice of communication skill techniques. Each module is geared to researchers in the sciences and engineering who seek to engage with people outside of their specialization and outside of the academy. It provides information about effective messaging techniques for use when speaking and writing about research with new audiences, policymakers, and media specialists.

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Sessions focus on a particular topic or skill set such as understanding your audience, answering the "so what" question, developing a narrative style, and the role of the expert witness. Program formats include presentations and panel discussions with outside experts as well as interactive workshops and mock interviews. The policy sections expose students to  information about science and technology policy (STP), the roles that scientists and engineers take on when engaging with policy issues, and career opportunities in STP.

The modules aim to improve speaking, writing, and networking skills needed to become successful communicators. These tools are effective on a range of audiences including policymakers, the media, general public, granting agencies, and other stakeholders.

Social media as a form of communication and social networking are also explored. Be sure to check out Invasivore.org, a blog created by former GLOBES students who post recipes for eating invasive species while offering exposition and commentary on related topics such as species’ profiles, histories and cultural significance, harvesting tips, interviews with Invasivores-at-large, and summaries of relevant scientific research.

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Faculty Resources

Jessica Baron, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Reilly Center

Melinda Gormley, Assist Director for Research, Reilly Center

David Lodge, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environmental Change Initiative 

Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biological Sciences and Interim Director of Environmental Change Initiative

Gary Sieber, Adjunct Professor, Film, Television andTheatre; Co-Anchor WNDU Television