This course will cover the essentials of advocacy and how to communicate a message clearly and concisely to powerful stakeholders. We teach participants how to determine their different target audiences and adapt messages accordingly to have the most impact in the policy domain. Trainers will lead the group in several exercises to practice writing for different audiences such as non- specialists, the press, and policy-makers. The trainers for this course are international communications experts that regularly deliver communications strategies to clients in government, research, corporations, and not-for-profit organisations.
Who should apply to this course?
The target audience are researchers who are who are experienced in a given research field (Postdoctoral Researchers, Group Leaders, and research staff including Project Managers) and want to influence policymaking at the regional, national or international level. Some knowledge/understanding of the current policies and challenges in one’s field is required.
Applicants must be a member of the BactiVac Network. Applications for membership can be processed alongside applications to attend this Course.
Preference for the allocation of places will be given to:
- Researchers with at least three years' experience as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow or equivalent; those in the first three years of leading their own research group (Group Leaders) are also encouraged to apply. Those in other senior research roles (e.g., Research Associate, Project Manager) are also eligible.
- Researchers who have some experience leading one or more team projects and/or who have held their own research grants.