Year 2: Advanced Training

Year 2 comprises the following training elements:

 

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Transferable skills: 2 workshops on Leadership and on Science Communication (mandatory for second-year students)

1 Leadership – Using an enterprising mind set to get things done (Dundee, 14 November 2019)


Leadership workshop - Click on the image, above, for the summary

What our students said about this training in previous years we run it...

2018-19

What worked well?

  • "Ice-breakers and small group activities got people talking enthusiastically"
  • "Learning about how to generate ideas (i.e. divergent and convergent thinking)"
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What could be further improved?

  • "Tighten the focus on leadership skills exercises, such as scenarios and role playing"
  • "More on specific techniques, such as managing a team or marketing events"

2017-18
"Enjoyed the workshop application to real event (EASTBIO symposium)."

"There was a good atmosphere and it overall an enjoyable day. I particularly liked the personality tests."

"Great workshop. The course leader was a great facilitator. Probably the best workshop I have been on during my PhD so far. Thoroughly enjoyed it."

"Although the personality tests were engaging, some of the participants were sceptical of their use."

2 Science Communication – "Telling Tales: The Importance of Narrative in Science" (Dundee, 11 March 2020)
 


Science Communication - Click on the image, above, for the summary

Students are asked to bring their laptop or a tablet for this workshop.

What our students said about this training in previous years we run it...

2018-19

What worked well?

  • I enjoyed the introduction to the concept of storytelling in science communication, and I liked that we got an opportunity to use those techniques talking about our own research and later in the afternoon with completely unrelated premises.”
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  • Exploration, with audience's help, of what makes a good story. I felt this provided good engagement for the audience to think deeply about their own ideas of storytelling - not surprisingly all of us know what makes good stories we just need to think a little about it.”
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  • The checklist for communication, getting an idea of an alternative structure for talks.”
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What could be further improved?

  • More guidance on the application of storytelling to presentations. This could involve, much like in a movie, how far into your presentation you should place your problem to keep the audience engaged, how typically complication-amplification can be translated into scientific talks and, again, studying good and bad examples of talks to see storytelling in presentations in action.

 

2017-18 (focus of training on story-telling)
"I enjoyed the concept of "The Premise". That is my take-home message and I feel will make my presentation better."

"The take-home message from the workshop was quite good and will help me make better presentations and explain my work."

"Very interesting to see how to craft a story generally and then how this relates to telling a scientific story. Something I was already aware of, but really enjoyed it regardless. Probably my favourite and most applicable Eastbio training event."

"The energy the course was delivered with was very inspiring."

"I think the workshop gave one -good - message and the group activity was meant to re-enforce it. I think it could have been more productive if the activity had been shorter with the remaining time invested in giving more tips for science communication."


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