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:
- interesting technique
- replace jargon with layman terms
- appreciate people's own thoughts/ways
- agree on the points of the narrative, talk it through