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Communicating your Research to Multiple Audiences


Course at a Glance


Dates: 22 and 23 February 2018, 9:00-17:00

Place: Seminar room 3/Emeroteca, Badia

Target audience and eligibility: Ph.D. researchers from 2nd year onwards and fellows

Instructors: Annika Zorn, Nicola Owtram and Nicola Hargreaves

Contact: Judith Przyrowski [email protected] Telephone 0039 055 4685285 – Internal 2285



 “Using new communication tools can be frightening; this workshop instead proved how easy it is to produce a blog post, a policy brief, a 3-minute video and even a full webinar. From this workshop I learned that increasing the visibilityof my research can be done within a few hours and it is very rewarding!” 


“Blogpost, webinar, policy brief and 3-minute thesis video - were all empty words for me before the workshop. I would have never thought I could be able to use these communication tools by my own. The introduction and practice of these tools during the workshop was really empowering for me, I really want to use these tools know.”


As a researcher you are expected to publish in high ranking journals and to present your work at conferences in a clear and engaging way. Increasingly often, however, you will be asked to present your work and research to diverse and non-specialist audiences and to reach out to a wider public, because the financing of institutions or research projects depend more and more on the effective dissemination and impact of the scholarly output. Similarly, when working in a professional context outside academia, you are likely to find yourself having to engage with various audiences in multiple formats. In a recent study, two thirds of former researchers working within non-academic environments indicated that communication skills were key transferable competences they brought into their new job (What do research staff do next? Published by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRac), 2016).

A variety of tools can help you communicate research insights to different expert and non-expert audiences: getting a general overview of these will help you choose the right format and language for your purpose. Further, actively translating your research findings into these different formats, both oral and in writing, and using different communication tools will give you a better understanding of what works best and for what purpose.

How this Course will work

This hands-on course will run over 1.5 days. After getting introduced to different communication tools and discussing the possibilities these tools offer to share your research findings, you will spend most of the time experimenting with different oral and written communication formats and presenting your work (individually and in a team) to the other workshop participants.

What You will Learn

At the end of the course you will


  • Have learned about different formats you can use to communicate your research
  • Have gained an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various formats, and thus when and how you can make use of each one and for what kind of audience
  • Have gathered practical experience in using different ways to communicate your research



Annika Zorn supports the Director of Academic Service to set-up an Academic and Professional Development Programme for EUI Ph.D. researchers.

She is a proficient trainer of trainers/teachers having worked with EU institutions and senior academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds all over the world. She is the founder of an online school and a senior expert for running knowledge sharing & creation projects. Annika is a Teaching Fellows at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the EUI


Nicola Owtram is coordinator of the Language Centre at the EUI, where she teaches English for Academic Purposes Development. She is an Associate Fellow at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and she teaches an introductory course for early career academics in Teaching Skills.Nicola holds a PhD in Linguistics from University College London. Her research interests lie in the fields of academic writing, comparative stylistics, cognitive pragmatics, and teaching and learning.



Nicola Hargreaves (EUI) is a member of the Language Centre and the Academic Communications team (Max Weber Programme). She is an Associate Fellow at the Higher Education Academy (UK)  and she teaches academic and professional English, public speaking skills, and introductory courses to teaching in Higher Education. Nicola graduated in languages from the University of Otago, Dunedin, and an RSA DTEFLA. Her research interests lie in the fields of academic writing, scholarly legal writing, public speaking skills, and teaching and learning.



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