Communication with the Media and the General Public

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations  
9, 10 November and 11 December 2017 09:30 17:15 Douwe Zuidema 12 / 13 Apply

Course description

As a researcher you will like to disseminate your findings among a wider audience. It can be important for you to have your findings implemented in society, to find funding for your research, to broaden your network or to promote science and research in general. You can address this audience directly in a presentation, or indirectly via the media by doing an interview or writing a short article for a website with scientific news. It is important to realise that these forms of communication require different skills than when communicating with other scientists.

When you communicate with the media and the general public, whether it is in an interview or writing for a website, you need to be concise, you need to use well-chosen examples, start with the most important findings of your research and avoid jargon. Furthermore, it helps when you are able to convey your enthusiasm about your work.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates, postdocs and scientific staff
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 12 participants
Course duration: Three separate full days. Being present at all three days is obliged!
Language: English
Credit points: 1.0 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Brigitte Hertz (see www.bhertz.nl) and Jeanine de Bruin (see www.hakunamatata.nl)
Venue: All participants receive a message about the course location a few weeks before the start date of the course

Programme

Communication with the Media and the General Public is an intensive course with many practical exercises and some homework.
This three day course will focus on your role as a communicator and provide you with the necessary ideas and skills to communicate your work to non-scientists.

At the end of this course you will have learned many practical skills that will enable you to be pro-active in communicating your work to non-scientists.

Content and focus on

  1. Writing for the internet
  2. Doing a radio-interview
  3. Presenting to the general public

Note: This is not a language course. We will not focus on English or Dutch language skills.

Fee

Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
• PhDs of the national graduate school SENSE with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)
€ 310
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 620
External fee: All other participants € 1240

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.

Information

For more information please contact Brigitte Hertz, brigitte@bhertz.nl