Should you become a STEM communicator?

For many people who work in STEM, and especially those in research, science communications or 'scicomm' has become an essential part of their job. But if you're not already engaged in scicomm, should you start?
Why communicate science?
Science is in demand: Journalists are always looking for stories, politicians and campaigners need information to develop policy, fellow citizens want to understand the world around them, and entrepreneurs are looking for new products. STEM research has never had such a wide and varied audience.

On the other side of the coin, STEM institutions are realising that clear and accessible communication of their research is essential to building good relationships with – and gaining the approval of – their communities. Funders are also seeing the value, and frequently request that grant applicants explain how they are going to communicate their findings to stakeholders and the public. And employers, whether in academia or industry, increasingly recognise t...

 

 

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Five productivity hacks to kickstart your day

If you're struggling to get your work days off on the right foot, then these five tips will help you rethink and prioritise your To Do list, and give you some tools for tackling even the most mundane of tasks.
Refine your ‘To Do’ list
To Do lists are possibly the oldest productivity tool we have, and many words have been spilt about exactly how best to maintain them. There are countless apps and websites to manage them, a lot of which let you set an incredible level of detail for each task such as allotting it to a project, adding a deadline, and defining multiple statuses that each task might progress through. The dirty truth is that it doesn’t really matter which app you use, or whether you prefer to rely on pen and paper, so long as you actually keep your list up to date and refer to it regularly.

Equally, amongst all To Do list tips, there’s only one that’s truly essential: Each to do item must be a single, well-defined task that can be executed without requiring further clari...

 

 

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How to identify and develop essential soft skills

Soft skills are in great demand but short supply, according to many employers. But what are they? Soft skills are often described as being personality-based behaviours, such as working well in a team, taking direction, managing your time, and communicating clearly. Hard skills are related to your specific area of expertise, so being able to develop software is a hard skill, but collaborating with your colleagues is a soft skill.

“At Fluidly we believe that engineering is a team sport so ‘soft’ skills are very important to us and we assess for them for every role,” says Fluidly founder, Caroline Plumb. “In particular, curiosity, communication, and empathy for people and customers are key skills we look for. We believe this makes the team stronger, product development faster (& more enjoyable) and customer experience far better. Technically brilliant candidates who don’t have these skills aren’t a fit for us - they might be talented individuals but we are looking for the people wh...

 

 

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Skills & Training

Katerina Arzhayev Q&A: Effective Virtual Presentations
Q&A with Katerina Arzhayev, after her presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020. Synopsis Presenting virtually is nothing at all like ...

Katerina Arzhayev: Effective Virtual Presentations
Katerina Arzhayev's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020. Synopsis Presenting virtually is nothing at all like being in a room ...

Ginny Smith Q&A: Telling your Science Story
Q&A with Ginny Smith after her presentation, Telling your Science Story, from the Finding Ada Conference 2020. Synopsis We all love ...

Ginny Smith: Telling your Science Story
Ginny Smith's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020. Synopsis We all love stories, and science is full of them. Storytelling ...

The ‘To Do’ Book Method
For years, Suw Charman-Anderson struggled with an unruly ‘to do’ list, trying all sorts of apps and websites and techniques to ...

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