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.
Eligibility
  • MD and/or PhD (or equivalent) involved in medical research
  • Fellows and Junior Faculty
Time commitment
  • Two days
Fee
Resources
  • Endorsement Form: Applicants are required to upload an endorsement form signed by a supervisor as part of the application. Please complete this form prior to starting the application.
Session dates
  • March 23 and 25, 2020 (two days)
Application, including endorsement, due
  • 5:00pm on January 28, 2020
Notifications
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than February 13, 2020.
Please complete the endorsement form prior to starting your application.

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.

Effectively Communicating Research is a highly engaging, interactive course. To get the most out of their experience, participants will have the opportunity to submit a draft manuscript for review by a journal editor and/or to submit a scientific poster for review by the course faculty and peers. These optional submissions will be due October 4, 2019. In addition, all participants will be asked to submit draft slides for a 10-minute research talk two weeks prior to the course. Details regarding submission requirements will be shared with accepted participants.

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