Proposal Title

A shifting tide: Gaps and strategies for incorporating science communication into graduate training

Session Type

Presentation

Room

P&A 34

Start Date

5-7-2017 1:45 PM

Keywords

science communication, communication, graduate education, professional development

Primary Threads

None of the Above

Abstract

Scientists who are skilled in communication reap professional and personal rewards. Unfortunately, gaps exist in fostering science communication training. Early career scientists were surveyed about their science communication training experiences to identify gaps and develop recommendations. Respondents indicated they are interested in training that is not available; departments and advisors are moderately supportive of students participating in science communication; and graduate students lack opportunities to practice communication. We recommend departments recognize the benefits of science communication training, develop a training strategy, and facilitate individualized approaches to science communication. Graduate programs are called to embrace changing job markets with complementary changes in training.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Consider science communication training as part of a cultural shift in higher education;
  • Identify ideas for improving science communication training in their own context.

Elements of Engagement

As an icebreaker and introduction to the motivation for the research, the presentation will start with a structured brainstorm activity during which participants identify the benefits of effective science communication for scientists and for society.

The results of this completed research will be shared with participants, after which participants will be asked to briefly brainstorm ideas for improving science communication training or opportunities for graduate students within their own disciplinary context. The ideas will be collected and shared digitally after the presentation.

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Jul 5th, 1:45 PM

A shifting tide: Gaps and strategies for incorporating science communication into graduate training

P&A 34

Scientists who are skilled in communication reap professional and personal rewards. Unfortunately, gaps exist in fostering science communication training. Early career scientists were surveyed about their science communication training experiences to identify gaps and develop recommendations. Respondents indicated they are interested in training that is not available; departments and advisors are moderately supportive of students participating in science communication; and graduate students lack opportunities to practice communication. We recommend departments recognize the benefits of science communication training, develop a training strategy, and facilitate individualized approaches to science communication. Graduate programs are called to embrace changing job markets with complementary changes in training.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Consider science communication training as part of a cultural shift in higher education;
  • Identify ideas for improving science communication training in their own context.