Training opportunities in science communication

Thanks to support from the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies housed at CIHR, we are pleased to offer several training opportunities in science communication.

These workshops are free of charge for participants, and they are available to health researchers across Canada. Participants must be based at a Canadian post-secondary or research institution, such as a CIHR eligible institution. Participants must register using their Canadian post-secondary or research institution e-mail address.

For the purposes of these workshops, “researcher” is defined as an individual actively pursuing or performing health research at the graduate level or above. The workshops are therefore designed for career stages ranging from graduate students (such as Master’s students, PhD candidates and post-docs) through to senior researchers. CIHR actively monitors the registration lists for these workshops and will remove ineligible registrants.

All workshops will be offered as webinars, either using Zoom or MS Teams.

Please note the capacity limit, date(s), duration, and language noted in the descriptions below, as they will vary by workshop. Registration for all workshops is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. All registered participants will receive a calendar invitation for the workshop, the event link(s), and a post-workshop survey.

There are no pre-requisite workshops (e.g., interested individuals are not required to complete the Foundations of Science Communication workshop before they register for another topic), but please take note of any other registration requirements included in the workshop descriptions (requirements may vary).

Additional workshops may be added to this list in the coming weeks and months. To learn about new opportunities, please sign up for the Access newsletter and/or bookmark this page to check back regularly.

If you have any questions, please contact ScienceCommunication-CommunicationScientifique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

  • #SciComm on Social Media for Researchers (English)

    In this 2-hr interactive workshop led by Science Communicator Samantha Yammine (also known as Science Sam), we'll discuss best practices for communicating science through social media. Building off lessons learned so far in her career and sharing examples from others in the field, you'll see examples of effective science communication and myth-busting through social media platforms like Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, with lots of time for discussion and questions.

    Instructor

    Dr. Samantha Yammine (Science Sam)

    Important note about registration

    These workshops will be delivered in English only. Similar workshops will be available in French at a later date (details and registration information will be posted separately).

    The session dates and capacity limits are outlined below.

    Dates

    Session 1 (English, 300 participants)

    Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – 1pm-3pm EST

    Registration is closed.

    Session 2 (English, 300 participants)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – 12pm-2pm EST

    Register for Session 2

    Session 3 (English, 300 participants)

    Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – 1pm-3pm EST

    Register for Session 3

  • Instagram and TikTok for #SciComm (English)

    In this 90-min interactive workshop led by Science Communicator Samantha Yammine (also known as Science Sam), we’ll take a deep dive into mobile-first short form video creation for science communication. Instagram and Tik Tok are the most popular social media platforms used by youth and young adults, and among the fastest growing across all age groups. With their explore-heavy newsfeeds, when used strategically they can be one of the fastest ways to reach massive audiences outside your typical echo chamber. Whether or not you have an Instagram or Tik Tok account, come ready to learn more about the pros and cons of these platforms and the role they play in the modern misinformation landscape. This is an introductory workshop ideal for beginners to video, and will focus on easy-to-produce short videos popularized by Instagram Reels and Tik Tok.

    Instructor

    Dr. Samantha Yammine (Science Sam)

    Important note about registration

    These workshops will be delivered in English only. Similar workshops will be available in French at a later date (details and registration information will be posted separately).

    The session dates and capacity limits are outlined below.

    Dates

    Session 1 (English, 300 participants)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – 12pm-1:30pm EST

    Register for Session 1

    Session 2 (English, 300 participants)

    Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – 12pm-1:30pm EST

    Register for Session 2

  • Combatting Misinformation on Social Media (English)

    It’s important for researchers to respond swiftly to mis- and disinformation. However, in a digital age where disinformers are savvy with how they attack facts and those sharing them, it is important we debunk mindfully… and strategically. In this keynote, research scientist turned science communicator Samantha Yammine (also known as Science Sam) will share the importance and pitfalls of sharing science on social media, with lessons learned from the comms front lines during the pandemic. She’ll also share best practices and tips for effective myth-busting before a lively discussion. This is a session you’ll want to tune in for before sending that next hot take of a tweet!

    Instructor

    Dr. Samantha Yammine (Science Sam)

    Important note about registration

    These workshops will be delivered in English only. Similar workshops will be available in French at a later date (details and registration information will be posted separately).

    The session dates and capacity limits are outlined below.

    Dates (one session only)

    Session 1 (English, 300 participants)

    Tuesday, March 28, 2023 – 12pm-1pm EST

    Register for Session 1

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