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Science Communication Workshops and Seminars

The NIMH IRP Office of Fellowship Training (OFT) sponsors a variety of science communication workshops and seminars for all NIMH IRP Fellows. Developing and improving your science communication skills can help you effectively relay your research findings to non-experts which can in turn lead to research support or funding.

Chalk Talks

Chalk Talks are an increasingly important component of science communication. They are common in academic, government, industry and for tenure-track positions. It is beneficial for NIMH Trainees to know the components that make an effective chalk talk and then practice these skills ahead of time. Topics include: Connection to Job Talks; Relevance to Faculty; What to Draw; Levels of Detail; Anticipating Questions; Tone and Delivery.

Individual Coaching Sessions

The NIMH Office of Fellowship Training is offering IRP Predoc, Postdoc, Visiting, Research and Clinical Fellows, as well as, Staff Scientists and Staff Clinicians an opportunity to request a one on one public speaking coaching session with science communication consultant, Scott Morgan. Individual Coaching Sessions are for Trainees who may have a Job Talk or a Scientific Presentation coming up soon.

Sessions are customized to train our scientists to focus on the critical importance of conveying complex science in an accessible way, to the public and other scientists all while adhering to the short time constraints of an interview or presentation at a scientific meeting. To inquire about receiving one on one coaching sessions, contact Meera Shah with the Office of Fellowship Training at: meera.shah@nih.gov or 301-451-4512.

Interview Skills Workshop

The NIMH IRP OFT is offering Intramural trainees the opportunity to participate in this highly interactive workshop. The Interview Skills workshop is designed to help scientists make a strong impression during all types of job interviews, including those over phone and Skype. The Interview Skills workshop focuses on the ten most common questions and how to formulate the best responses. The acquired techniques provide a basis for good communication for years to come.

Negotiation Skills Workshop

In this workshop you will discover a wider range of options when dealing with negotiations and complicated interpersonal conversations. You will explore what’s at stake, tips for managing emotions and reactivity, using mindfulness and neutrality as communication tools, as well as how we contribute to the complexity of the discussion. Also discussed, the basics of negotiations (job negotiations in particular) and creative strategies to find common ground for starting a meaningful dialogue. Other topics include how to say no, planning exit strategies, and how to build trust and long-term commitment.

Three-Minute Talks (TmT) Coaching and Competition

Started in 2017, the OFT sponsors the annual Three-Minute Talks Competition for intramural trainees (Postbac, Predoc, Postdoc, Visiting, Research and Clinical Fellows) at NIMH.  The initial stage of this competition is introduced with the Speaking About Science Seminar. This seminar offers tips on presentation delivery, speaking in plain language, and creating an effective visual aid. Trainees who apply to be in the competition will receive individualized coaching sessions, which are focused on how to communicate in three minutes or less the substance of their research in such a way that it can be understood by a broad scientific audience. One on one TmT coaching sessions provides a safe and nurturing environment where trainees receive feedback on speech development and delivery.

The TmT Competition finalists have the opportunity to present their three-minute talks at the NIMH IRP Annual Fellows’ Scientific Training Day.

Writing and Publishing a Scientific Paper Workshop

This workshop will help enhance your understanding of the submission process for scientific manuscripts including peer review/editorial review and preparation of the manuscript. This workshop is intended for all levels

Check out the NIMH IRP OFT Events Calendar for the next upcoming Science Communication seminar or workshop.