Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Communicating Water - Bridging the Gap between Science and Society

Date: 27 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
Location: UNESCO-IHE, Delft

Learn about contemporary communication tools and techniques to improve dissemination of your scientific output.

There is an increasing demand for specialists who combine expertise in science and technology with expertise in communication to provide information about complex matters such as science and technology. Science often needs rephrasing, interpreting, translating and evaluating in order to reach 'the other party' effectively and to create conditions for true dialogue.

Through interactive learning techniques, you will focus on storytelling and the effective use of media as a way of furthering public understanding and appreciation of water (management) issues. Subjects of the course are: networking, presentation skills (scientific poster presentation), body language, peer-to-peer coaching, personal communication (how to make impact with your personality) and popular science writing.

The programme consists of workshops. These workshops will combine theory with practice through individual, group and plenary activities, presentations, discussions, role-plays, exercices, radio and tv programme analysis and mini assignments.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Have a vision on how collaboration between professionals can help increase public awareness on important water issues
  2. Have insight on how personality and human behavior can influence presentation skills and interpersonal communication
  3. Have an understanding of how the different media (traditional and social media) can be used for different target audiences
  4. Be able to simplify complex scientific communication for varying audiences
  5. Be aware of how pressure in work can be of impact on effective communication and presentation
  6. Be able to create relevant networking opportunities

For whom?

Students, reseachers and professionals in the water sector who wish to enhance their interaction with other communities in society

Tentative programme

  • Day 1: Passion for science, peer groups and learning goals, personal presentation skills.
  • Day 2: Communication and the role of beliefs and emotions in personality development.
  • Day 3: Stress factors in personal communication. Presenting and communicating with different audiences.
  • Day 4: Networking as a personal skill. Learning goal. Results in peer groups.
  • Day 5: Collective result challenge.

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