IAP Workshop Series: Fundamentals of Communicating with the Public

Being able to communicate your research compellingly to a variety of audiences is a crucial skill for scientists and engineers and an invaluable tool for building public trust and engagement. In this 5-session workshop series, participants will learn and practice strategies for effectively communicating research to the public, including developing an understanding of an audience, setting a communication goal, crafting and shaping a clear message, developing a narrative, and choosing appropriate language. Skills learned in the workshop apply to many forms of communication, but the focus will be on oral communication with lay audiences. The series will culminate in an authentic opportunity for participants to present their research or another technical topic of their choice to the public via virtual talk or video. More information is available here.

This workshop is for MIT graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields.

To apply, complete this application form. Priority will be given to applications received by 11:59pm Eastern on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until capacity is reached.

The workshop will meet from 4PM – 6PM Eastern Time on Tuesdays 1/5/2020-1/26/2020 and Thursday 1/28/2020. For questions, contact Dr. Deanna Montgomery.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the MIT Communication Lab and the Graduate Engineering Leadership Program, and is eligible for credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership. You do not have to be pursuing the Certificate to participate in the workshop.