Scientists, what’s your communications strategy?

ChatBubblesI’m just starting to prepare some training for PhD students and early career scientists to help them become good communicators as well as top researchers.

I’m convinced that communication is not about personality, although if you are a natural storyteller then it is oh-so-much easier. But the best communication (and by ‘best’ I mean ‘effective’) is driven by strategy not charisma. Purposeful planning is the key.

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Filed under: Communication strategy,dissemination,University issues | Tags: , , , , | By Edwin on April 23, 2015 at 2:48 am

New CORDIS Partners Service

As work on the development of Horizon 2020 continues, a number of new platforms and services are appearing to help would-be participants get things done just a little bit easier. Any tool that make collaboration less burdensome is certainly very welcome!

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Filed under: CSFRI,FP7,Horizon 2020,innovation | Tags: , , , , | By Hywel on July 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Do projects like to communicate?

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing the findings of a survey we conducted in order to inform our CSFRI (or Horizon 2020) Green Paper response. We have looked at the use of sub-contractors in current FP7 projects, issues surrounding the involvement of SMEs as project partners and the development of Horizon 2020 itself.

In this post we explore some of the attitudes people have towards project communication.
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Filed under: CSFRI,dissemination,FP7,innovation,science copywriting | Tags: , , , , | By Hywel on July 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Should EC-funded R&D projects use sub-contractors?

More FP7 projects should think about using sub-contractors to build stronger collaborative teams. Continue reading Should EC-funded R&D projects use sub-contractors?

Filed under: Communication strategy,dissemination,FP7 | Tags: , , , , , | By Hywel on June 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Everyday innovation

Simple ways to embed innovation into everyday business. Continue reading Everyday innovation

Filed under: Communication strategy,innovation,science copywriting | Tags: , , , | By Edwin on April 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

Innovation in the real world

Everyone agrees that innovation is a good thing. But how do you actually go about doing it?

 

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Filed under: innovation | Tags: , , | By Edwin on April 14, 2011 at 5:25 am

Innovation – doing things differently

When it comes to buzzwords, ‘innovation’ is right there at the top of the list – and not just among scientists and R&D experts. It crops up everywhere; from blog post titles to company names, it is constantly being used to describe all manner of activity. It is a positive term; exciting, enthusiastic, uplifting and stylish. It creates a buzz.  But just because it is a buzzword, we shouldn’t just write it off.

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Filed under: innovation | Tags: , , , | By Edwin on April 5, 2011 at 7:18 am

Communication for start-ups

I’ve been involved in an extremely interesting discussion in the SpinOut LinkedIn group.

I asked the question: “At what point should a spin-out think about communication strategies?”

Well, I certainly got people thinking. Everyone says that communication is a) important and b) needs to be planned early. But then there is some contention about who the communication is targeted at, what it is trying to achieve and who should do it.

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Filed under: Communication strategy | Tags: , , , , , , | By Edwin on March 2, 2010 at 7:33 am