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A31 - Communicating science to a larger audience - 21H

Total number of hours 21h


Keith HODSON, accent Europe


The candidates must have a minimum level B2 in written and oral English on the scale of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
They must download the positioning questionnaire attached below, fill it in and join it while applying to the course on Siged. 8 candidates will be selected.


Main objectives:
• Be capable of making a 3-minute oral presentation of your thesis in English;
• Be capable of opening out to a wider public through writing and oral expression about your research and that of your laboratory or company;
• Communicate with researchers in other fields and use the wealth of knowledge learned to enrich your own capacities of expression;
• Be able to write a blog to promote your work on social networks and the media in general.

Operational objectives:
• Know how to emphasize the value of your work orally and in writing by focusing on highlights and potential uses;
• Be able to give a short, interesting and dynamic oral presentation based on the three-minute thesis (3MT) method;
• Know how to write short texts with dynamic sentences, catchy headlines, use metaphors and get to the point immediately;
• Communicate efficiently and with ease to an international audience;
• Gain confidence.


• Identification of the strong and weak points of the trainees’ written and oral communication: work on pronunciation and self-projection;
• How outreach (aiming at a non-specialised audience) can be used as a vector for one’s work through metaphors, images and dynamic syntax;
• Simplifying complexity: analysis of news and research articles in Nature;
• Headlines in English and the creation of slogans for start-ups, etc.;
• Writing summaries, searching for synonyms for complex ideas, use of popular culture to colour one’s work (films, series, books...);
• Letters to editors of journals with dynamic research highlights, descriptions of graphs, diagrams, photos, etc.


Postponed to November 2,3 & 4, 2020 | from 10 AM to 6 PM