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Story telling science and winning arguments in public

What is the point of doing amazing research if you can’t communicate it to other scientists, and the wider community? Two of the most in-demand skills in the 21st Century are critical thinking and communication skills. Furthermore, these skills need to be combined for effective science communication to broader audiences. This two-day course is designed to provide an introduction to public speaking skills, using critical thinking and reasoning. Throughout the workshop, participants will practice their communication skills, while receiving coaching in a supportive environment. The course will address several key areas including:

  • What makes effective science communication
  • Why critical thinking is important
  • What are logical fallacies
  • How to use logic in argument construction
  • How to be a persuasive public speaker
  • Team working for public discourse
  • How to deal with public criticism
  • How to be confident in the public eye

To assist on-going development, the course provides a framework which participants can use to continue their personal development.


scottDr. Scott Harrison is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Siegen, working on research on labor market and skills requirements in the 21st century ( Key findings from the project identified the need for better transversal skills training of PhD and early career researchers. He attained a PhD in Australia in Economics, focusing on educational outcomes. His background in technical areas like statistical analysis and logical reasoning, coupled with extensive public speaking throughout his career, has made him a wonderfully engaging public speaker and trainer.