An intensive course on the fundamentals of communicating one's research. Effectively Communicating Research
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Fellows and junior faculty who are in the process of writing for publication or creating communication materials for scientific oral or poster presentations.
  • MD and/or PhD involved in medical research
  • Fellows and Junior Faculty
Time commitment
  • Two days
Funding level
  • Tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
Session dates
  • October 31 - November 1, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on August 25, 2017
Endorsement Due
  • 5:00pm on August 30, 2017
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than September 15, 2017.
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.
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Course Goals:

  • Understand how and why to effectively communicate your research through a variety of platforms.
  • Understand the structure of content that is appropriate and how to achieve the highest quality for each mode of scientific communication.
  • Learn how to make written and graphic content more accessible and engaging.
  • Know how to deliver oral presentations effectively with diverse audiences and settings.
  • Learn approaches to request and respond to feedback from mentors, colleagues, and external reviewers.

How do you effectively draft your scientific message so that it has the optimal chance to be accepted for publication? How do you communicate your science in an oral presentation? How much text is appropriate for a poster? What are some guidelines and tips for dealing with the media? Communication is an essential part of your research and a crucial component for a successful career as a researcher.

Effectively Communicating Research is a two-day intensive course offered by Harvard Catalyst. The course is designed to provide fellows and junior faculty with the skills necessary to express their science clearly to diverse audiences; to prepare abstracts, manuscripts, and posters; and to speak effectively.

With the guidance and expertise of the course faculty, including journal editors and leading scientists, participants will acquire the tools necessary to convey their science effectively.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program's policy requires full attendance and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.