A Sativus Bootcamp is designed to be an intensive, targeted and tailored learning experience to improve, shape or refine skills that are critical for achieving a goal.
As a scientist, you are often required to summarise your research and findings in less than 400 words, and usually in the form of a scientific abstract. The ability to translate your science into words that people can easily read and understand is an important skill that is imperative to successfully communicating your research to others. This Bootcamp will help you enhance the way you write and summarise your science into an abstract, so that you can easily communicate it in a way that is concise and impactful.
As a scientist, you are often required to write reports that accurately summarise the work you have completed. The ability to effectively write your science reports in a way that people can easily understand, and follow is an important skill that is imperative to successfully communicating your research to others. This Bootcamp will help you enhance the way you write your science reports, so that you can easily communicate it in a way that is concise and impactful.
Most scientists at one stage or another are involved in the preparation and submission of an article or paper to a scientific journal. Publishing in a journal is usually a great way for your science to be impactful, accessible and contribute to your field. This Bootcamp will help you enhance the way you write scientific journal articles, so that you can increase the impact of your science.
It is important to have key messages for your research ready to go so that you can effectively communicate your work in a way that it is easy for most people to understand. Staying ‘on message’ ensures that your communication is effective, and people leave the conversation with an understanding of you, your research and a good impression of both. This Sativus Bootcamp will give you the skills to create memorable, meaningful and miniature key messages for your science.
A scientific presentation is a great way to get exposure, because while you are speaking, you and your science are the centre of attention. Most people will only remember about 10% of a presentation, and a boring presentation or slides filled with distractions will mean they remember even less. Therefore, putting the right information in your presentation, in the right order, is a critical element to delivering an impactful presentation that leaves the audience engaging with you and your science.
A pitch is a presentation, either formal or informal, that you give when you want or need something from someone. The approach for presenting a pitch will be different depending on what it is you need, who you are pitching to, the timeframe you may have and whether it’s informal or a formal. If you are able to articulate what it is you need, how it relates to most other people, have defined key messages that are supported by evidence and a relevant story, then you will have the tools available to prepare a pitch for any situation. This Workshop will help you convince others to care about your science through creating a story that can be conveyed simply in under 3 minutes.
If you want a long, successful career as a scientist, you need to know how to prepare an effective proposal – knowing how to articulate and align your ideas with the priorities of those providing funding is a critical skill. Proposals may be needed for external or internal grant funding from the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. While they may vary in length and scope, the basic principles are the same. You will leave the Sativus Bootcamp with knowledge and tools you can apply immediately.
Project management skills can mean the difference between success and failure. Poor project management compromise the quality of a project’s conduct, its outcomes and outputs, and reflects poorly on the scientist. Project management skills will help scientists improve their ability to meet milestones, avoid risks and issues and improve access to opportunities, including additional funding.
In everyday life, work, and science projects, people generally don’t like to talk about risk. There is a perception that talking about risk will stop something from happening. Often with projects, scientists may consider it to be easier to deal with issues as they occur, instead of spending time planning beforehand to avoid or mitigate the risk those issues would occur in the first place. Spending the time identifying, mitigating and managing risk at the beginning of a project can stop things from going wrong and save you a lot of time, money and angst.
Management of a research program means managing investments to deliver value to stakeholders, managing expectations and failures, and investing in ideas that align to strategic goals. Understanding which scientific proposals are those that will provide value is not an easy task. Good ideas can be rejected, and poor ideas progressed if the Research Manager isn’t on their game.
Networking involves talking to other people. In the context of science, this could mean talking to people with different perspectives, ideas and expertise – even if they are not a scientist. It is the process of building a ‘network’ and is an essential part of progressing science and your career. Most of the opportunities you will be presented with in your career will come from networking, which also forms the basis for collaboration. From diverse collaborations come great discoveries.