Essential Science Skills

for those who create, manage & invest in Science

GEMS: Key Concepts

There are a few skills you may not realise you need to be a successful scientist, until you’re in a position where you’re expected to do something, like network, dealing with rejection and finding opportunity. Or things like why wonder is important for science and the difference between collaboration and cooperation.

Sativus offers a variety of workshops, bootcamps and online resources to give people the skills to be the best scientist they can be.

This includes:

Networking
Cooperation vs Collaboration
The importance of insights
Ethical conduct of research
Dealing with, and giving, rejection
Recognising the feasibility of your ideas
Practise change and policy
Communicating for impact
Dealing with, and giving, criticism
Career planning
Applying for awards
The value of wonder
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Sativus Workshops are tailored sessions for large groups of people (> 7) to provide a high-level overview of key aspects of the Sativus Gems professional development program. They can be held over multiple, consecutive days and include interactive components to enhance the learning experience.

Being a scientist is one of the most rewarding careers. You will work on solutions to problems with real world application and impact. You will wonder why something exists or works and then expand on it to work out how to make things better, faster, more efficient, cheaper, more accessible or reduce negative impacts. Unfortunately, there are a few things that get taken for granted when working in any scientific field, or things you don’t find out until you’re in a position where you’re expected to do something. This Workshop will teach you the skills you need to do great science, by taking you through some key concepts that are necessary, but not traditionally taught to scientists. Read more

Being a scientist is one of the most rewarding careers. You will work on solutions to problems with real world application and impact. You will wonder why something exists or works and then expand on it to work out how to make things better, faster, more efficient, cheaper, more accessible or reduce negative impacts. Unfortunately, there are a few things that get taken for granted when working in any scientific field, or things you don’t find out until you’re in a position where you’re expected to do something. This Workshop will teach you the skills you need to do great science, by taking you through some key concepts that are necessary, but not traditionally taught to scientists. Read more

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Essential Skills for Scientists (ESS) is a series of self-directed online courses designed to help improve the skillset and capability of scientists, researchers and their managers who work, or plan to work, within the research, development, extension, and adoption (RDE&A) sectors. 

Essential Skills for Scientists

Essential Skills for Scientists (ESS) is the flagship course for GEMS by Sativus and is for scientists, researchers and managers.

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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.

 

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 engaged with you and your science.​ Read more

As a scientist, you are often required to write reports that accurately describe 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 scientific reports to increase the accessibility and impact of your science. Read more

Project management skills can mean the difference between success and failure. Poor project management compromises 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. Read more

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 audience and impact of your science. Read more

If you want a long, successful career as a scientist, you need to know how to prepare an effective grant application or proposal – knowing how to articulate and align your ideas with the priorities of those providing funding is a critical skill. Grants may be needed for external or internal funding from the government, not-for-profit and private sectors. While they may vary in length and scope, the basic principles are the same, and receiving grant funding is essential if you want a career as a research scientist. Read more

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. This may be the only information people read, so don’t underestimate its importance! 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, to produce concise and impactful communications. Read more

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