General course objectives
To enhance student’s skills in communicating their research results effectively to the scientific community and the public through oral and written communication. The course also involves organization of scientific seminars/workshops, networking and other communication issues important for a research career. The course is open to students from all areas of aquatic sciences, irrespective of university and research field. Sustainable use of aquatic resources, management and conservation as well as aquaculture production require a combination of knowledge from a multitude of scientific disciplines. As such, the course promotes interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and opportunities for networking across disciplinary boundaries.
The course consists of two annual events: a 2-day scientific seminar in autumn with students presenting their PhD research (talks and posters), and a 2-day workshop in winter (January/February) offering professional training in presentation skills. Scientific seminars focus on presenting and debating scientific work using ‘appreciative inquiry’ and ‘constructive feedback’ from an audience including fellow students and supervisors. Focus is on enhancing performance and scientific insights. The seminars include oral presentations and poster sessions. The program of the workshops alternates biennially between training of oral presentation and scientific writing skills. The oral workshop focus on presentation of scientific results to enhance personal performance, while the written workshop focus on different types of scientific presentation styles and phrasing of texts for scientific journals, popular science as well as mass and social media incl. interaction with the press. The workshops use theory, practice and application, and typically include invited speakers and consultants. As part of the course, students will take part in organizing one seminar/workshop as part of a planning group. Tasks include announcing a call, registration and logistics, planning of a scientific program, hosting and reporting the event. A group report on the organization and contents of the scientific seminar/workshop is required.
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- Present their oral and written work for a diverse audience (press, public and science fora)
- Organise and conduct scientific seminars and workshop.
- Overview and relate their work to different disciplines within aquatic science and technology.
- Apply an appreciative approach to inquiry and constructive feedback in the debate of scientific issues.
- Use the advantages of an established network; e.g., to develop co-operation with fellow Ph.D students / scientists.