Making Science Make Sense Notes

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Making Science Make Sense

Brief outline of the session

  • short introduction to the aim and structure of the workshop
    • importance of communicating science to you as a career scientist and you as a member of society.
    • discussion of audiences and contexts, including setting up the context for the evening: communicating with other bioinformaticians not in your field with a view to collaborations/networking
  • demonstration of the process of defining a narrative about your research with a volunteer (Jon Fuller has agreed).
  • break up into groups of four, in which one pair will try out what they have seen while the other two watch and comment on how this goes.
    • the two pairs will then swap roles. Samuel Caddick and 3 HUB organizers will move about the room giving tips and interacting/answering questions.
  • finish off with a final whole-group discussion about what we learned about communicating our research.


For the HUB facilitators

What you can do as a facilitator to get a scientist to talk non-scientific about his work:

  • First, agree on the audience and the context
  • show personal interest
  • make people think in different ways:
    • focus on a particular method
    • what drives you personally
  • Listen, interupt when you feel he's tangled up
  • be collaborative, not inquisitive
  • Think of ways to disarm the audience:
    • humor
    • interesting technique
  • replace jargon with layman terms
  • appreciate people's own thoughts/ways
  • agree on the points of the narrative, talk it through