BactiVac Online: Training Courses

BactiVac Online Training Courses in 'Communicating to Non-Specialist Audiences' and 'Advocacy and Communications' will be delivered in November 2021. Places for our online courses are available for BactiVac Network members only, and are allocated via a competitive process. 

 Applications for our 2021 training courses is now closed. 

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application between 21 and 22 October 2021. 

 

Training courses will be delivered by Dr Nick Burger, Dr Jim Weale, and Dr Sandy Williams from Scriptoria. The team at Scriptoria has extensive experience of delivering courses to people worldwide. To ensure the safety and accessibility of courses for all participants, courses will be delivered online through Zoom. Scriptoria online courses are highly interactive and will engage participants through presentations, group discussions, partnered exercises and polls. All participants will also receive a comprehensive set of course notes in addition to tools and software tips. See testimonials from our previous online training courses here.

Communicating to Non-Specialist Audiences 

This course is aimed at researchers at all career levels who are interested in sharing their work with a broader audience outside of research and academia. No previous experience in non-specialist communications is required. There are 20 places available for this course.

Description

This course invites participants from around the globe to explore the fundamentals of communicating to stakeholders outside of research and academia by transforming complex ideas into accessible and engaging narratives. First, we show participants how to identify and segment their audiences, outline communication goals, and tailor messages appropriately for different stakeholders. We then cover how to produce and distribute messages through writing for various forms of media including websites, newsletters, and social media. This course highlights tips for written and visual materials as well as presentations. 

Who should apply to this course?

The target audience are researchers at all career levels who are interested in sharing their work with a broader audience outside of research and academia. No previous experience in non-specialist communications is required. We highly recommend this course to scientists that are interested in promoting their research beyond academia to the public, press, industry and other stakeholders.

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 who work closely with non-academic stakeholders such as local communities, patients/healthcare staff, industry partners, and/or Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
  • Applicants who are resident in LMIC countries.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and research their primary and secondary audiences
  2. Set communications goals and objectives
  3. Develop clear and tailored messages for different audiences
  4. Choose appropriate delivery channels
  5. Effectively use photos and graphics
  6. Adapt text and presentations for lay audiences
  7. Plan the structure of a project website
  8. Draft content for a newsletter story
  9. Write effective social media posts

Key Dates for Applicants

Course Date & Time: 16 & 18 November 2021 at 13:00 - 16:30 hours (GMT) via Zoom

Cost: This course is free of charge for BactiVac Network members. 

Advocacy and Communications 

This course is aimed at researchers who are experienced in a given research field (e.g., Postdoctoral Researchers, Group Leaders) 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. There are 20 places available for this course.

Description 

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key policy issues
  2. Set up advocacy goals and objectives
  3. Define and research their primary and secondary audiences
  4. Develop a core primary message
  5. Develop audience-specific secondary messages
  6. Choose appropriate delivery channels
  7. Outline communications strategies
  8. Develop a detailed work plan
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness of a communications strategy

Key Dates for Applicants

Course Date & Time: 23 & 25 November 2021 at 13:00 - 16:30 hours (GMT) via Zoom

Cost: This course is free of charge for BactiVac Network members. 

If you are not already a member of the BactiVac Network and would like to apply, please fill out our membership application.

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