Driving research, providing support and improving outcomes for rare disease patients and their families



We are delighted to announce a fully funded science communication training course for PhD students working in BHD or osteosarcoma. The course will provide students with the tools to present and discuss their work with a variety of audiences. We see this as a key skill which will raise the profile of rare diseases and rare cancers, and enable relationships with patient groups to flourish.
 
The course will take place online, with weekly 1 hour sessions (plus homework). Details of the sessions are listed below. This will be run by Dr Steve Cross, a public engagement and communication consultant, trainer and strategist. Steve is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, chair of the Royal Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards, a previous winner of the Josh Award, a chair of two judging panels for the National Public Engagement Awards and an advisor to public engagement projects across Europe.
 
SESSION 1
: How do we talk about our work? 

How can we change our presentation style and content for different audiences, and structure our talks to achieve different things?

SESSION 2: Sharing results, data and insights

How to structure information so that the key insights are passed across.
How to design information for audiences that mix experts and non-experts.
How to design slides so that they put across the message you want them to.

SESSION 3: Online vs in-person presentation

How to use your voice and body to get your message across in-person.
How technology can help you do the same online, including how to minimise “Zoom fatigue” and distraction in you and your audience.

SESSION 4: Presentation Practice
You’ll get a chance to do a presentation to show off your new skills and get feedback from the group on how you can develop even further.
 
Places are limited. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining how you would benefit from the training to contact@myrovlytistrust.org with the subject heading ‘Science Communication Training Course Application’. The deadline for applications is 25th February 2022.
 
Students on the course will be provided with opportunities to use their newly acquired skills upon completion.
 
If you have any questions regarding the training course or the application, please contact us at the email address above.