Essential Science Skills

Science Communication

Science Communication

The Sativus GEMS program has been established to help scientists be the best they can be. Being inefficient with science communication and project management takes time away from doing great science, creates stress and compromises the science itself, wasting resources.  

Improving scientists’ ability to manage projects and communicate creates positive changes:  

  • Financial benefits through improved risk, time, budget and staff management, and enhanced opportunities (including funding)  
  • Increased scientific impact  
  • Increased morale through better collaboration, cooperation and industry networking  
  • Lightened workload and reduced stressors that come from improved efficiencies  
  • Increased space for scientists to be creative and generate insights, which are needed for generating the next big idea.  

taught to scientists. 

The ESS course covers a broad range of topics from how to prepare a proposal, final report, presentations and data visualisation, building collaborations, networking and managing stakeholder relationships, to other tasks like preparing and implementing risk and communications plans and budgets. ESS is used as the basis for targeted, structured learning programs that are tailored to the needs of the scientist depending on their career stage.  

This ESS Science Communication Short Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that are essential to being a successful scientist.  

The only way you can truly advocate for your science is to effectively communicate it to those people who need to hear about it. Effective science communication truly makes the difference between successful, impactful science and information that is lost and never used. 

Scientific communication is not something that is done at the end of the project – it must be carried out and included in every aspect of what you do. For your science to have impact you need to learn how to use easy language to communicate the right message that is tailored to the intended audience at a time that suits them. Who you are communicating to, and why, will determine what you communicate, when and how.  

Packages are tailored depending on requirements: 

  • Access to online program, including tailored/bespoke options 
  • Fortnightly emails with handy tips  
  • Sativus supplies  
  • Course guide with resources and course tasks 
  • Online support (response within 24 hours)  
  • Review and feedback on completed online tasks 
  • Group classes, workshops and webinars 
  • One-on-one guidance/mentoring sessions 

Every scientist supported by Sativus through the GEMS program has benefited from developing these skills. This includes research managers, academics, students and those working in policy and government and the private sector.