Twitter can be a powerful tool for scientists, alt-ac researchers, and academics generally. When used effectively, Twitter can advance research careers, improve productivity, and further outreach goals. Further, experience with social media can be very helpful when applying for academic positions. Unfortunately, very few researchers receive any training on how to use Twitter for professional purposes.
That’s where SciFund Challenge comes in with our new class: Using Twitter to Advance Your Research Career. Over three weeks, you’ll learn the basics of Twitter, how to avoid social media pitfalls, and how to use Twitter to advance your goals. Even better, by the end of the class, you’ll have created a personal Twitter plan to further your research career or outreach.
By the way, check out the recent coverage in Nature of the last SciFund class that we ran!
UPDATE: Registration for our outreach training class is now closed. If you missed the deadline, there is no need to fret. We have many more outreach-oriented training classes for scientists planned for the near future. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know about them!
The SciFund Challenge outreach training class is back, by popular demand!
Scientists, do you want to tell the public about your science? At a time of slashing cuts to science funding, maybe you want to explain to the public why your field deserves public support. Maybe you want to set the record straight about misconceptions the public holds about your field. Or maybe you just want to finally be able to explain to your friends and family what it is you actually do at work.
But how do you, dear scientist, get started with your outreach? After all, most researchers don’t have any experience or training in connecting the public with their science. That’s where SciFund Challenge comes in.
Join the SciFund Challenge community for our online course aimed at helping scientists get started with outreach. Over 5 weeks, we’ll demystify the business of communicating science and equip you with the tools and confidence you need to get started.
Scientists! Want to learn how to create better posters for your next conference? Well, you’re in luck. Recently, SciFund Challenge ran a class on this very subject. If you would like to learn the dark arts of academic poster design, here’s all of the materials from the class.
First off, why bother with posters? The reason is simple. Putting together compelling posters is an essential job skill for academics. At a time when succeeding in academia is tougher than ever, standing out from the crowd with your conference poster is key. Unfortunately, very few academics receive any training on how to put together a compelling poster that will actually make your colleagues pay attention.
That’s where SciFund Challenge comes in with our class in effective poster design. This is a five week class, in which you’ll learn the basics of graphic design and how to use Adobe Illustrator. Even better, if you go through the class materials, you’ll be putting your new design learning to work from the start. At the end of the class, you’ll have a poster of your research ready to go.