CICASP Seminar in Science Communication D

Numbering Code G-SCI54 79697 SE70
G-SCI54 79697 SE68
G-SCI54 79697 SE46
Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Master's students Target Student
Language English Day/Period
Instructor name YUMOTO TAKAKAZU (Primate Research Institute Professor)
Andrew MacIntosh (Primate Research Institute Associate Professor)
HATTORI YUKO (Primate Research Institute Assistant Professor)
TOMIYA SUSUMU (Primate Research Institute Program-Specific Assistant Professor)
TOKUYAMA NAHOKO (Graduate School of Science Program-Specific Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course is designed as a training workshop focusing on communicating science. Students will be introduced to various concepts pertaining to effective communication and will be given every opportunity to engage actively with the taught material through discussion and practice towards building effective communication skills.
Course Goals Through this course, students will:

- develop skills in effective communication across multiple platforms, e.g. conference presentations (oral and poster), scientific debates, group discussions, digital communications, etc.

- gain practical skills in the mechanics underlying these platforms, such as constructing slides for oral presentations or formatting text in a professional curriculum vitae

- learn to think critically about scientific communication and the presentation of concepts and data, and be able to tailor ideas to different kinds of audiences, e.g. academics versus the general public

- engage with other participants in a lively, multicultural environment to increase cultural awareness while
developing communication skills
Schedule and Contents The workshop is structured as a series of thematic blocks, each of which is composed of approximately 3 sessions. Blocks are not arranged in pedagogical order, but instead are determined based on a combination of student needs (e.g. practice presentations ahead of a big international conference), topical issues such as current events in science, and lecturer-determined content. Sessions themselves include a combination of lectures from the instructors (minimal), critical thinking, student-student discussion, student presentations, reading and writing exercises, and communication games.

Major recurring themes for the workshop build students’ skills in (among other things):

- effective presentations
- personal introductions and ‘elevator talks’
- scientific debates
- building (and building on) academic profiles
- digital communications
- grant-writing
- the publication process
- cultural awareness
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Depending on the session, students may be required to prepare certain materials for the workshop, such as oral or poster presentations, debate strategies, written communications, digital content, etc. In addition, they may be required to read certain materials that will be discussed in class. Students will always be informed well in advance when any such work is required.
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