We offer workshops on a range of transferable skills for researchers, mainly related to scientific communication and professional effectiveness. All of our workshops are highly interactive and include extensive partner work, exercises in small groups, and group discussions. To increase impact and applicability, we work with real-life cases from the participants whenever possible. To ensure adequate supervision and an optimised learning process, we offer these workshops for 16 participants, generally with a team of two trainers. Where it is not possible to do face-to-face training, we can run these as highly interactive online training workshops. For this we use innovative online tools combined with proven didactic techniques to reproduce as much as possible a real workshop situation.

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Workshops targeting different career stages 

Core communication skills, time and project management 
This training is aimed at researchers who are within the first months of their PhD. We will work on communication skills and time/project management. We will help them recognise, understand, and effectively deal with many of the problems that cause most delays and frustration during their PhD.

Managing myself & working with my team: A skills upgrade (Postdocs Edition & Group Leaders Edition)
The goal of this workshop is to address the changing needs of increasingly expert researchers with growing responsibilities and pressures. Participants will gain a renewed perspective of key competencies for their research position.

 

Thematic workshops on communication 

Oral and Poster Presentations 
In this workshop we explore key concepts of visual and spoken communication. We will learn to create posters and oral presentations with attractive stories, considering both context and audience for these two communication channels.

Becoming a Scientific Writer – Putting Why before How 
The goal of this workshop is to help publishing scientists develop a more impartial and analytical view of scientific writing, to better understand their readers as the focus for their scientific communication, and to make them more efficient writers and editors. We will cover different aspects: from a conceptual view of the entire writing process to common language problems, and everything in between.

Online Science Communication
In this workshop we explore how to communicate our science through digital media to a range of audiences, including the general public. We will practice general approaches to science communication and outreach, including the use of social media and blogs to communicate with a wider target audience.

Thesis writing and presenting
This is a practical workshop that helps pre-doctoral researchers to plan and write their thesis, manage the thesis writing/critiquing process, and design and deliver their thesis presentation.

Data Visualisation – Visual communication for data-driven research
In this workshop we cover the theory of visual perception and graphic design: ranging from good practices in data visualization to storytelling. Both of these elements are key for a compelling and attractive scientific message.

The Road to Competitive Funding: Tools, Perspectives and Processes
The goal of this workshop is to boost participants’ chances of obtaining competitive funding by providing training that is immediately applicable in their working environment. We focus on project management, communication, as well as the writing itself.

 

Thematic workshops on other topics 

Introduction to Scientific Publishing & How to Read a Paper
This workshop is designed for junior researchers at MSc. or 1st-year PhD level. We will first provide a basic grounding for new researchers on how the scientific publishing system works (authorship, peer review, and impact metrics). We will then explore how to extract relevant information efficiently, not only to guide our work, but also when we have to peer-review other papers.

Research Integrity
Most researchers are likely to be familiar with the main aspects of research integrity, such as experimental design, appropriate use of statistics, and issues around plagiarism, but they may be unaware of other less obvious principles, leading to unwitting breaches. In this workshop, we combine discussion sessions, group work, and role-playing to raise awareness of these ethical risks, and provide tools to help researchers maintain their research integrity.

Beyond the Bench – Career development for scientists 
The goal of this workshop is to give participants a competitive edge in the job market by developing the intellectual framework needed to make informed career choices. We explore the landscape of opportunities, both within and outside academia, and provide practical help for the application and selection process.

Empowering Women in Science – A workshop for women and men 
The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain greater self-belief in their own ability, and greater confidence in asserting and negotiating their position in their team and other professional circles. We will tackle unconscious biases and self-limiting beliefs.