Research communication week 2019: “Communicating your science”

October 2, 2019 – h. 10:00 – 13:00
Ca’ Foscari Challenge School, VEGA

with Francesco Fiondella, Director of Communications, IRI Earth Institute, Columbia University

Registrations from August 26th


You as scientists are increasingly expected to be effective communicators of your research and of your field in general. Whether you are engaging other scientists (inside and outside of your discipline), funders and potential donors, policy makers or the general public, the theory and best practices of good communication are similar.

This workshop will focus on two areas of communication: ways to think about your research and write about it for nontechnical audiences; and how to design effective, engaging posters.

Over the course of the workshop we will run through a few writing and thinking exercises to put some of these ideas into practice, and hold a poster session ‘critique’ for those of you who have made or are making posters for upcoming conferences.


Part 1 – Intro and Best Practices – I will introduce who I am, my experience, etc. Then I will go into a presentation on best practices for thinking about one’s research and writing about it in an engaging way.

Part 2 – a series of exercises that will help students see the challenges of focusing on key messages and writing short, effective prose.

Part 3 – Make your posters SHOUT. This will be a 20-25 minute presentations on best practices for poster design.

Part 4 – Poster critique – as a group we will review our posters and suggest where we can improve. I hope this would last about 30 minutes.

Professors, researchers, post-docs and PhD students can sign up here.


Ca’ Foscari University
Fondazione CMCC – Centro euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Media Partner



Ufficio Comunicazione e Promozione di Ateneo
Enrico Costa
Tel: +39 041 234 8004
Email: [email protected]


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