Effective Science Communication Scientific work is incomplete unless the results are disseminated to a wider community. Effective science communication is a formidable task to everyone, but is important to the individuals, organization, scientific colleagues and funding organizations. Dissemination of science is essentially through paper writing and presentation. Scientific paper writing Preparing manuscripts that get published is critically important for many of today’s scientific professionals and their organizations. Scientific publishing capabilities, both in terms of quality and quantity, to a great extent reflect the strength of science and technology of a country. India is yet to achieve success in this aspect. India publishes a huge number of journals but, the quality of these publications remains to be vastly improved. In the absence of a regular training, young researchers lack the skill of effective science communication, which gets manifested even after they gain experience in their field of expertise. The training offers a full curriculum of writing for scientific professionals. It is about organisation and taking a systematic approach to preparing and publishing a scientific paper. You will learn skills and techniques for turning scientific data into publishable papers. These skills will significantly improve the chances of having papers accepted for publication by editors and reviewers. Our unique and powerful framework enables scientists, academicians and students to gain control and consistency in their communications. It will be a learning-by-doing programme with around 25% instruction time and the rest working on a real journal paper with support from peers and facilitators. At the end, the trainees would have a completed draft manuscript. By attending the Writing Scientific Papers workshop, you/your employees will learn to: Assess one of their manuscripts against a set of proven criteria for a good scientific paper Apply the IMRAD format to effectively write sections of their paper (i.e. introduction, materials & methods, results, and discussion) Assess the clarity and effectiveness of their writing Incorporate graphs, statistics and visuals into their text Write informative yet concise abstracts. Scientific Presentation The communication expert Garr Reynolds says that of the thousands of presentations given every day, most are dull and ineffective; not because presenters lack intelligence, but because they lack knowledge about what makes for a great presentation. A typical presentation consists of a stream of information in the form of bullet points squeezed into a 20-minute time slot. According to John Sweller, this is often a disaster. Daniel Pink says that this type of “left-brain” reasoning was important for the “information age”, but not for the “right-brain” reasoning of “conceptual age” of today. It is being increasingly realized that right-brain directed aptitudes are necessary for successful professionals in the more interdependent world we live. The Scientific Presentation training aims to improve the delivery of scientific and technical information/advice. It is designed to provide the skills needed to communicate clearly and confidently to a wide range of audiences. It will be a learning-by-doing workshop with around 25% instruction time and the rest will be spent organising, preparing and delivering a short scientific presentation, and receiving feedback from peers and facilitators. At the end participants would have a completed short presentation. By attending the Scientific Presentation workshop, you/your employees will learn to create and deliver presentation that is different, simple, more visual, more natural and ultimately far more powerful. Who should attend? Developing expertise in respective core areas of science in different from developing expertise in science communication. These workshops will be useful to all those who have keen desire to excel in their professional scientific career; to those who are experiencing difficulties in getting their messages across to relevant audiences, and want to improve their scientific writing and presentation skills. In several developed countries, even senior level scientists, professors and managers attend mandatory workshops at periodic intervals to refresh their knowledge on science communication. Scientists, researchers, academicians, managers and students from research institutions, universities, colleges, science management bodies and nongovernment organizations will be benefitted by the programmes. Faculty We have a faculty of scientists and professors, who have years of experience, travelling overseas and within India, and imparting science communication training to Indian and overseas participants. We also have overseas experts in the faculty. Training modules Scientific Writing training: 2, 3 or 4 days Scientific Presentation training: 2, 3 or 4 days Depending on the requirement, the workshops can be arranged either (i) as two independent programmes, or (ii) back-to-back programmes, or (iii) with days of break between the two programmes for the same set of trainees. The intake for each programme is 10 to 20 participants.