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Research Communications Program

UC San Diego’s Research Communications program draws on scholarship in the sciences, science communication, science education, the arts and other fields to provide the guiding theoretical perspective and the practical experience that is critical to communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences, including those with questions or concerns about the methods, findings or implications of scientific research.

Year 1: Building a Toolkit to Tell Stories of Discovery

 

Upcoming Events

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Media/Message Training: Hands on Interview Skills and Practice

Friday, December 1, 2017, 9-1PM | Location TBA
Workshop

Mistrust. Doubt. Fake news.  A greater understanding of science by the public is needed more than ever. At the same time, science has become increasingly compartmentalized. This complexity has made it increasingly difficult for scientists to clearly and convincingly explain what they do and how they do it, which can leave us swirling in jargon and technicalities. Workshop participants will hear about today’s media landscape, learn tips and tools to deliver effective interviews and enhance their skills with on-camera practice. Flier.  Registration full.

 

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Apps & Appetizers: Tools for Teaching and Research Communications

Friday, January 26, 2018, 1-4pm | TBA
Open house

Are you looking for just the right tool to help people visualize your research, or help your students map out and connect the concepts they are learning?  Are you having difficulty sorting through the options for designing infographics, video presentations, mind maps, timelines and blogs, and for enabling interactivity with your students or other audiences?  To help you navigate this universe, the Apps and Appetizers open house will feature a wide range of tools, plus faculty, staff and students with expertise using those tools, and examples of what they have created.  Come meet your colleagues and make a discovery that allows you to rock your audiences.

In partnership with the Center for Engaged Teaching and Education Technology ServicesMore information coming soon.

 

Kim Rubinstein

Kim Rubinstein
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Talking Research: Improving Science Dialogue

March, 2018 TBD
Workshop

Kim Rubinstein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will be the creative director and designer of these three-day intensive workshops. Using methods borrowed and synthesized from improvisational theatre, journalism and Professor Rubinstein's system for optimal creative thinking, this hands-on training will focus on helping scientists find the spark or root of their work, developing their unique voice and style of connecting to audience with authenticity and meaning. Talking Research will culminate in a media day, which will include on-camera interviews with professional journalists.

More details coming soon. 

 

Past Events

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Barbara Sawrey

Leadership Communications: Representing More Than Just Yourself

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9-1PM | UCSD Faculty Club
Workshop

Leadership Communications involve presenting broader messages or messages beyond the scope of a single research program.  This workshop will introduce participants to different kinds of leadership communication situations they may encounter in their professional careers and give them the opportunity to practice the verbal and non-verbal communication skills and strategies necessary for effective leadership communication. Flier.

Video introduction to Leadership Communications

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Introduction to Social Media for Researchers

November 3, 2017, Noon-1PM | NSB Auditorium
Seminar

Researchers have many different options to apply social media to enhance appreciation for and understanding of their work.  This panel is the first in a series that will be designed to help researchers select from the array of social media options and use social media optimally for their research and communication goals. Flier.

Video coming soon. 

 

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Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors

September 27, 2017, 10:30-11:30am | NSB Auditorium and Noon-2:30pm | UCSD Faculty Club
Panel Discussion and Workshop

This two part series will begin with a case study of a recent venture capital success.  The panel will introduce some of the communication strategies needed for communicating with potential financial backers.  The workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice their pitches.  Flier.

Video from this presentation

 

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Gabi Schaffzin

Designing Information to Reach Broader Audiences

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9-12PM | 4211 NSB
Workshop

Data displays in scientific journals are typically information dense by design.  Often these figures are not optimal for scientific talks or oral or written presentations to audience members from outside the field.  This workshop will focus on applying the principles of graphic design to make graphs and other data displays more informative and accessible, while enhancing their visual aesthetic. Flier.

Videos from this presentation

 

Kim Rubinstein

Kim Rubinstein
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Talking Research: Improving Science Dialogue

June 28-30, 2017
Workshop

Kim Rubinstein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will be the creative director and designer of these three-day intensive workshops. Using methods borrowed and synthesized from improvisational theatre, journalism and Professor Rubinstein's system for optimal creative thinking, this hands-on training will focus on helping scientists find the spark or root of their work, developing their unique voice and style of connecting to audience with authenticity and meaning. Talking Research will begin with three days of intensive training and will culminate in a media day, which will include on-camera interviews with professional journalists.

 

Dennis Meredith

Working with Your Public Information Officer

June 23, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
Panel Discussion

Public Information Officers (PIOs) are your go-to resource for getting your research findings to the media. In this workshop, learn about how your PIO can help get coverage of your work in traditional and non-traditional media. Background for this workshop available here.

No registration is necessary.

 

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith

After the March for Science: Explaining Research

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
Seminar

Given the preponderance of fake news and the attacks on the credibility of science, communicating effectively with the public about science is more important than ever. This seminar by Dennis Meredith, author of Explaining Research, will show how to reach and engage audiences.

Videos from this presentation

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A joint effort of the Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences and Department of Theatre and Dance, funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Program Contacts

Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-7572

Sherry Seethaler
sseethaler@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-4656

Mario Aguilera
maguilera@ucsd.edu
(858) 822-5148

Leigh Eck
leck@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-1920

Also planned for Year 1

All details TBA

  • Video Workshop Series
  • Image Workshop Series
  • Social Media Series