Communicating Water - Bridging the Gap between Science and Society

Learn about contemporary communication tools and techniques to improve dissemination of your scientific output.

For whom?

Students, reseachers and professionals in the water sector who wish to enhance their interaction with other communities in society

There is an increasing demand for specialists who combine expertise in science and technology with expertise in communication to provide information about complex matters such as science and technology. Science often needs rephrasing, interpreting, translating and evaluating in order to reach 'the other party' effectively and to create conditions for true dialogue. 

Through interactive learning techniques, you will focus on storytelling and the effective use of media as a way of furthering public understanding and appreciation of water (management) issues. Subjects of the course are: networking, presentation skills (scientific poster presentation), body language, peer-to-peer coaching, personal communication (how to make impact with your personality) and popular science writing.

The programme consists of workshops. These workshops will combine theory with practice through individual, group and plenary activities, presentations, discussions, role-plays, exercices, radio and tv programme analysis and mini assignments.

Tentative programme 

Day 1: Passion for science, peer groups and learning goals, personal presentation skills.

Day 2: Communication and the role of beliefs and emotions in personality development.

Day 3: Stress factors in personal communication. Presenting and communicating with different audiences.

Day 4: Networking as a personal skill. Learning goal. Results in peer groups.

Day 5: Collective result challenge.

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