We have just completed a two-half day workshop for researchers at the UNU in Tokyo (25-26 November 2014) on the topic of research and science communications. It was our first time to experiment with this format, i.e. only organizing sessions from 9.20am to 1pm. Our concern was that researchers are generally very busy and we did not want to take up too much of their time.
Around thirty UNU researchers, communications and library staff attended. The topics covered included: (1) how to ensure your that research resonates with your audience, (2) the importance of good design, (3) writing about your research, (4) developing content for the web, and (5) understanding social media. Although originally designed as a competency course covering 15 ninety minute sessions, this shortened format focused more on stimulating a dialogue between researchers and communications specialists.
We received a lot of very positive feedback from the participants and requests for follow-up workshops in the near future. Some of the specific comments raised included:
The Office of Communications will host similar workshops at the UNU in Tokyo in the future and elsewhere in cooperation with other institutes, including through the use of video conferencing.