Passed training schools
Communicating Science in a way you didn’t learn in academia. Enhancing skills to communicate research on transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth to non-scientists
11 – 13 October 2021 Madrid
The Training School addressed the need of researchers in the field of inclusion of disadvantaged youth in societies for skills to successfully reach out to other than academic groups, with a focus on communicating with media/newspapers/journalists and reaching policy and practice stakeholders.
16 participants from 13 countries and 5 trainers from 4 countries worked together to develop these skills. Participants brought a research topic of the Young-in action to the training school and worked on this topic in the various sessions. They formulated a core message and illustrated this message with photos. On this basis they made first steps in developing a media article and an infographic to communicate their research findings to policy makers and a broader audience.
A round table was organised to discuss and reflect ways and strategies to communicate scientific results to policy makers and a broader audience, with inputs by the SINC journalist Adeline Marcos Talva, the policy analyst Gabriela Jorquera and Pau Marí-Klose, Member of Parliament & Sociology Professor, Unizar. The inputs were received with great interest and panelists engaged in a vivid discussion with participants.
In a city walk through Madrids’ Lavapiés quarter, participant got interesting insights into current developments in the area of youth, migration and urban issues.
On the third day of the Training School a short anonymous online evaluation was conducted. Participants’ feedback was generally very positive. „It is impressive that you bring together the practical and theoretical aspects of science journalism and its communication strategy. I have learned many things I could not have imagined about how to present my academic work to my audience, how to make it interesting, how to manage time, and how to convey the key message of scientific results. It’s all about attracting attention, communicating effectively, and reaching the general public.” (written feedback in the anonymous evaluation form).
Many thanks to Francisco Javier Moreno Fuentes, the local organizer of the training school, for the enormous effort he made to host the Training School under restrictions of COVID-19.
Ursula Trummer and Sonja Novak-Zezula