PNG0087 Making Science Matter - increasing the impact of ecological findings, 3.0 Credits
Subjects Environmental Communication
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Admitted to PhD studies
In the best of all possible worlds, scientific results from research in ecology and environmental biology should play a significant role in any decision related to natural resources. Nevertheless, most PhD students in ecology and environmental biology receive little or no training in communicating with the relevant stakeholders. This course attempts to narrow this gap. By the end of the course, we hope that the students will be able to:
a) identify the importance of communicating with different stakeholders, and reflect on the extent to which communication is part of their professional vocation
b) discover extant channels for disseminating results
recognize differences in the background skills and information needs of different audiences
c) be able to market themselves as researchers
The programme will be based on traditional lectures blended with interactive, hands-on workshops. Students will work both individually (e.g. preparing a press release from own research outcomes) and in groups (preparing a citizen science project or a class for secondary school). Especial attention will be paid to practice interactions with the media, and to pimp student’s online profiles.
The course will require 3 preparatory exercises that you will need to work on before the course week at Ekenäs herrgård. You will need to reserve at least 2-3 full working days to acquaint yourself with relevant background material and to prepare the exercises.
Formats and requirements for examination
The course is completed by successfully participating in and returning all exercises assigned before and during the course on a scale fail/pass.
Department of Ecology