Workshops

What is a Sativus Workshop?

These Workshops are tailored sessions for large groups of people (> 7) to provide a high-level overview of key aspects of the GEMS by Sativus professional development program. They can be held over multiple, consecutive days and include interactive components to enhance the learning experience.

Science Accessibility

If people can’t find, understand or use the results of your science, then the impact of your science is significantly decreased. Accessibility includes the ability for people to find, understand and use in information from your project at a time that suits them. Improving the accessibility to your project and its results, its outcome and the benefits that will have to stakeholders will increase impact. This workshop will cover the skills and knowledge you need to make your science outcomes accessible, impactful and your projects more successful.

Science Communication – Writing

There is no point doing science unless the outcome is going to be used – and the only way that can happen is if you communicate your science and its results to those who need the information. 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 research to others, including other scientists who may build on your work. This Workshop will help you enhance the way you write about your science, so that you can communicate it in a way that is impactful and effective.

Science Communication – Verbal

The only way you can truly advocate for your science is to effectively communicate it to those who need to hear about it – this will truly make the difference between successful, impactful science and information that is lost and never used. Verbally communicating your ideas, your project, or your outcomes is different to how you would write those same things. You need to acknowledge this difference and prepare to be able to verbally communicate your ideas just as effectively as you can write them. This Workshop will help you enhance your scientific verbal communication so you can engage a larger audience and improve the number of people you can communicate with, which ultimately increases the impact of your science.​

Science Pitch

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.

Write a Science Grant Application

If you want a long, successful career as a scientist, you need to know how to prepare an effective grant application – 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 Workshop with knowledge and tools you can apply immediately.

Write a Scientific Tender Response

If you want a long, successful career as a scientist, you need to know how to prepare an effective tender response – knowing how to articulate and align your ideas with the priorities of those providing funding is a critical skill. Tenders 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 Workshop with knowledge and tools you can apply immediately.

Write a Scientific Proposal

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 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 Workshop with knowledge and tools you can apply immediately.

Science Project Management

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, reduces impact 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. 

Research Management

If you’re involved in the management of a research program, you need to oversee investments to ensure value is delivered for stakeholders, manage expectations and failures, and ensure ideas being funded align to strategic goals. To minimise your administrative burden, it helps to easily understand what’s being proposed for new projects, how they can align with organisational funding priorities, and how they are best managed with other research projects. Effectively managing new ideas, current projects and resources, ensures that you will always be a part of science that is impactful, successful and meaningful.

Science Starters

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. There are even some things that you may not ever have thought about, like why wonder is important for science and the difference between collaboration and cooperation. This Workshop will help you be better prepared for the realities of being a scientist.

Science Risk Management

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, make bad things happen, or sound negative at a time when positivity is needed. 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 will stop things from going wrong and save you a lot of time, money and angst.