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Description

This course is aimed at PhD students in ecology, environmental biology and conservation genetics. To make real use of it, we expect that you are already working on a well-defined topic with potential application to real-world issues. While this applied dimension can be either theoretical or already realised, part of the course will be aimed at formulating practical recommendations from your own results.

The number of participating students is restricted to 20. The course is open to any PhD student within the relevant fields, but priority will be given to members of contributing doctoral programmes: the Research School Ecology - Its Basics and Applications, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Doctoral programme in wildlife biology research - LUOVA, University of Helsinki.

This course is aimed at doctoral candidates in ecology, environmental biology and conservation genetics. To make real use of it, we expect that participants are already working on a well-defined topic with potential application to real conservation issues. While this applied dimension can be either theoretical or already realised, part of the course will be aimed at formulating practical recommendations from one's own results.

This course strives to improve the communication skills of PhD students in ecology and environmental biology, and thereby facilitate information transfer between academia and society at large. The course is a collaborative initiative between the Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology research LUOVA (University of Helsinki) and the Research School Ecology – Its Basics and Applications (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).

The course unit can be completed at any time during doctoral studies.

The course unit is offered every second year in the spring term (2019, 2021 etc.)

In the best of all possible worlds, scientific results from research in ecology and environmental biology should play a significant role in any decision related to natural resources. Nevertheless, most PhD students in ecology and environmental biology receive little or no training in communicating with the relevant stakeholders. This course attempts to narrow this gap. By the end of the course, we hope that the students will be able to:

  • identify the importance of communicating with different stakeholders, and reflect on the extent to which communication is part of their professional vocation
  • discover extant channels for disseminating results
  • recognize differences in the background skills and information needs of different audiences
  • be able to market themselves as researchers

The programme will be based on traditional lectures blended with interactive, hands-on workshops. Students will work both individually (e.g. preparing a press release from own research outcomes) and in groups (preparing a citizen science project or a class for secondary school). Especial attention will be paid to practice interactions with the media, and to pimp student’s online profiles.

Pre-course preparatory exercises

Note that the course will require 3 preparatory exercises that you will need to work on. You will need to reserve at least 2-3 full working days to acquaint yourself with relevant background material and to prepare the exercises. Before applying, make sure that you can find this time. The exercises will include preparing draft texts and plans for the course, which you may then improve during the course. You will be given detailed instructions and supporting material with the acceptance letter.

Examination. The course is completed by successfully participating in and returning all exercises assigned before and during the course on a scale fail/pass.

Participants for the course will be chosen based on one-page application letters.

Registration opens on 6.9.2019 and closes 20.9.2019.

To apply, please fill in this e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/99738/lomake.html

Mar Cabeza, University of Helsinki

Course teachers include:

Dr. Mar Cabeza, University of Helsinki, course leader

Prof. Tomas Roslin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, course leader

Prof. Corey Bradshaw, Flinders University, Australia

MSc. Emma Marris, freelance writer and author, USA

Dr. Tuomas Aivelo, University of Helsinki