Communicating science to scientists

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How to get noticed on a conference

Mennen TC
How do I get the most out of a conference visit? How can I get to talk to the right people? How can I get full attention for my research? During this workshop you will learn how to make the money and time you invest in visiting a conference really worthwhile. For a successful visit it is crucial to (1) take advantage of all networking moments, (2) show yourself with an attractive poster or an interactive presentation, (3) ask good questions and be a timely chairman, (4) make a useful report. Visiting a conference is more fun when you take advantage of all opportunities it gives you.

How to design your thesis

Gildeprint has printed theses for over 25 years for PhD students from all over the country and is providing an InDesign workshop for anyone who will eventually graduate.
An informative workshop about:

  • Making a grid
  • Import text & change fonts
  • Create masterpages
  • Making a pdf file
  • Tips & tricks

How to make your research pitch stand out (2h)

Taalcentrum VU

  • Creating your elevator pitch: where to start?
    • What is an elevator pitch?
    • What is the goal of an elevator pitch?
    • What questions should your elevator pitch answer?
  • Preparing your pitch: do’s and don’ts
  • Involving your audience
  • Using language effectively
  • Using your voice effectively
  • Putting theory into practice: pitching your research


Communicating science to business

How to convert research to product

Associated Compiler Experts (ACE)
ACE in the eighties were the distributor and porter of Unix in Europe. The porting activity meant it had to concern itself with compilers too. The cradle of the compiler development system CoSy is the European research project Compare. From these days onward ACE has been involved in productizing research projects. We will present anecdotes from those early days. We will give a little introduction to CoSy, a toolbox for compilers, and SuperTest, a test suite for C compilers. Most of our engineers are from academia and we will share some of their personal experiences of switching from academia to business. ACE still participates in European projects, which also makes for some good anecdotes.

How to start your own company with the help of Business Model Canvas

Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship at VU
Do you have great ideas for a start-up after your PhD? Or are you interested in the options how to have your own start-up company? Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) encourages the entrepreneurial climate in the Amsterdam region by stimulating entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behavior of Amsterdam students and by undertaking research that contributes to successful entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Moreover, ACE is the center of expertise when it comes to education about entrepreneurship within VU University Amsterdam. In short, ACE can help you with the first steps towards your own company!
Powered by the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE).

How to connect science and business

Technology Transfer Office VU & VUmc
Entrepreneurial universities are hotbeds of innovation, and innovation is the lifeblood of a vibrant economy. Entrepreneurial universities develop discoveries into marketable innovation, and promote policies that create a receptive environment for entrepreneurship. Technology Transfer Office VU & VUmc (TTO) support the researcher in this process. Whatever the idea, invention, insight, finding or application is, together with the researcher(s), TTO review the potential ‘customers’ and evaluate the various options for valorization. A new company, a training method, a license, collaborating with industry – whatever suits the idea best.
This knowledge transfer may occur to either the public or the private sector, and universities are involved in many activities which transfer their scientists’ knowledge and technology to user communities, industry, and businesses.

How to do innovative research at a company

Shell Global Solutions International BV
In this session, presenter Xander Campman will make a presentation – “How research and innovation help secure future hydrocarbon supplies”, focusing on his experience while working on various R&D projects at Shell.
The second part of the presentation will focus on – “Life at Shell – a Shell Graduate perspective” by Dhwajal Chavan, focusing on the graduate recruitment process, on-boarding process and experience at Shell so far!!

Communicating science to public

How to do research via crowdfunding

VU University
René Sedmik

Crowdfunding is a rather new phenomenon based on an old thought: The support of a particular effort or project via private financial donors. While this could be a possible alternative to chain-grant-writing in science, it also bears significant risks. In this workshop, I will outline the general process of conducting a crowdfunding campaign, and discuss several problems and things to consider before starting your own project.

Are you a ‘typical’ scientist?

VHTO: (Dutch) National expertise organisation on girls/women and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
Public views on science and scientists, specifically in the STEM area, are often based on specific stereotypes. In this workshop we will show how stereotype images about gender and STEM influence (choice)-behaviour and thinking. We will explain what we can do to break the stereotypes and why it is important.
VHTO is a non-profit organisation that promotes more girls/women to participate in STEM education, academia and occupations. See and /or for more information about the work of VHTO and about how you can help to involve more girls/women into STEM.

How to get your research into the newspaper

Your first paper is getting published in one of the top journals. The results are worthwhile showing to a broader public via talkshow or newspaper. However, how does your research attracts the attention of the media? Jim Heirbaut, press officer of the VUMC and former science journalist will offer advice on how to attract media attention, what to do and what not!

How to communicate your science in a creative way

MG van der Meij
Within this hour we will creatively design a creative science communication activity (in the broadest sense of the word). Through various creative techniques you will define what, for who and how to communicate. We make use of the imagination and storytelling, and you will train your empathy with regard to target audiences. Science is more than factual knowledge production, its a culture and – as some say – even a way of living. This contextual and creative approach to science communication will improve the creativity of ‘your science communication’ it in the future.

Communicating science in writing

How to excel in writing an English article (2h)

Taalcentrum VU

  • Considering reading strategies: who is your readership? How do they read your text? What do they expect? How does that affect your writing?
  • Composing a clear and well-structured  article (focus: the key information elements in some parts of a scientific article) (We will  deal with this very briefly!)
  • Writing well-structured and coherent paragraphs;
  • Construct effective sentences;
  • Using modality to your advantage (hedging);
  • Using appropriate and effective collocations
  • Using active constructions (but also using passive constructions effectively)
  • Avoiding some common pitfalls of English grammar.

How to get published and get your paper noticed

Elsevier Publishing

The mantra ‘publish or perish’ is well-known, but how does one actually get published? In this workshop, Carl Schwartz Publishing Director at Elsevier BV. will offer good advice on how one can get published, along with broader discussions of different publication strategies (books versus journals, views towards edited volume contributions, etc).

How to apply for a prestigious grant

Grant proposals can be seen as a quotation. It has to give a solution to an existing problem in society/science. It is therefore necessary to focus the proposal on the essence and on the quality of the deliverables at the end of the project. Saying more while saying (writing) less is crucial for successful grant applications. NWO will offer advice on how to successfully apply for a prestigeous grant.

Communicating science

How to make networking fun (2h)

Hertz, training for scientists
Networking has a bad reputation among scientists. Many people feel that networking is about pretending to be interested in other people in order to get some benefits from that contact. Networking is not about selling yourself though, it’s about being interested in other people and their work, and about finding common ground and seeing where you can help each other. Networking is about investing in a relationship without trying to get something in return immediately. Sometimes you get help unexpectedly from someone you met some time ago, or from someone who knows someone you have met. Networking is about building relationships. Imagine yourself at a conference with interesting people you want to meet during a coffeebreak. You then need to present yourself, your work and your ideas in a couple of minutes and in an enthousiastic way (a so-called Elevator pitch). In this workshop we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of networking in an academic setting and we will practice the skills of the ‘Elevator pitch’.

How to get your science known by blogging

Blogging is not something you do on your own. Blogging is teamwork. It requires dedication, passion, heated discussions and fundamental disagreements. Blogging is just like doing research. And we should approach it similarly. In this workshop SciencePalooza blogger Terry Vrijenhoek will tell the story of SciencePalooza and let you experience what it could be like to be a blogger in a team.  

How do you know what is likely to be true

Tilburg University
In science it is impossible to know for a fact that a general theory is true or not true, the methods we use can only help us to understand how likely something is to be true or not true. However, interpreting results and estimating these likelihoods is sometimes difficult.  The aim of this day is to gain more skill in interpreting your own and other people’s findings to be able to better judge whether theories and findings are likely to be true.

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