The #SciFund Challenge’s premiere online education curriculum grows in 2016 with classes designed to improve your skills in science communication, outreach, and academia. Course registration is open one month prior to the beginning of the class and typically fills quickly. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when course registrations are open: Click here to signup for the #SciFund newsletter.
Videography for Scientists: March 2016
Scientists, do you want to learn how to tell the public about your science through video? Do you want to have the skills to put together short videos that are compelling to general audiences?
Join the SciFund Challenge community for our online course aimed at helping scientists get started with video. Over 5 weeks, we’ll demystify the business of communicating science through video and equip you with the tools and confidence you need to get started. By the end of the class, you’ll have completed a short video about your research (perfect for your website or YouTube).
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from Elliot Lowndes, a wildlife videographer and photographer with shooting experience all over the world.
Academic Poster Design: May 23, 2016
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. Over five weeks, you’ll learn the basics of graphic design and how to use powerful graphic design software. Even better, 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.
In this class you will learn from Anthony Salvagno, the #SciFund Challenge Director of Education and professional graphic designer with 10 years experience.
New Class TBD: July/August 2016
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Introduction to Outreach: October 2016
This course is intended for academics and professionals that are new to science outreach, but are interested in getting started with it. The philosophy of this class is that three factors tend to keep scientists from doing outreach: a lack of outreach knowledge, a lack of outreach experience, and a lack of a community that supports outreach. The purpose of this class is to do something about all three of these things.
In this class, we will be putting a focus on communication and community-building between class participants, emphasizing face to face communication (using tools like group video conferencing with Google Hangouts). You’ll also be learning from experienced science communicators and active scientists specializing in science outreach.