The webinar for PGR students and staff on using Linked In from December 1st 2016 is now available to view on our You Tube channel.
Good and bad science in the media is something that bugs many who work in this field. Sense About Science is an organisation which facilitates better understanding of science. However, they require the help of scientists, journalists and policy makers to do this.
While at King’s College London, there are many ways for you to get involved in science communication such as attending a Standing up for Science media workshop, volunteering for the British Science Association or carrying out a work placement at media companies such as the BBC. Below are some top tips I have picked up from the most recent Sense about Science workshop held at the Crick Institute.
- Feel open to speak up about science, regardless of your current career progression.
- The academic panellists stressed the importance of getting media training if you plan on appearing before a camera as part of your scientific career. The Science Media Centre has lots of information regarding this.
- Get to know your institute’s press office as they will be well equipped to publicise any scientific papers you release.
- Science journalists know how to engage readers and make your science interesting. It is important to give them a chance to understand your work but do be careful with the words you use.
- Many grant applications now ask about ongoing public engagement in your lab so these activities are becoming more recognised and beneficial for scientists to take part in.
- Attend events and festivals by King’s College London, The Royal Society, Science London, and Science Museum.
- You can then organise your own stall at a local festival and rope in your colleagues too!
- Time is an issue for most scientists, so start small to gradually improve your time management skills.
- Get involved, direct from your computer – you can join a Sense About Science campaign such as #AskForEvidence or #VoYS.
- For more hands on opportunities, Sense about science need volunteers and have some internships available throughout the year.
Duvaraka Kulaveerasingam is a PhD student in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, in the final year of her British Heart Foundation studentship.
She researches how the heart grows in zebrafish.
She has carried out work experience at BBC Horizon, represented the Institute of Biomedical Science at the British Science Festival and volunteers for the BSA.
Photo from Sense about Science Facebook page, used with permission
Graduate lounges managed by the Graduate School are available to postgraduate students at King’s across the College. These lounges are social spaces and are reserved for use by postgraduate students only.
They have comfy seating areas, chairs and tables more suitable for work, PCs, and lockers (at Waterloo). For security purposes all lounges have swipe card access.
- Waterloo Campus: The lounge on the Waterloo site is in the Franklin-Wilkins building, on the first floor next to the canteen. It opened on 4 December 2007 and was refurbished in the early autumn of 2013.
- Guy’s Campus: The newly refurbished Guy’s campus graduate lounge is located on the ground floor of the Hodgkin’s Building.
- Denmark Hill Campus: The Graduate Lounge at Denmark Hill was previously situated in the Addiction Sciences Building at the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) however, as of October 2012, this has been replaced with a brand new Graduate Lounge which can be found in the main IoP building on De Crespigny Park.
There are also Graduate Study zones in the Maughan, New Hunts House and Franklin-Wilkins Libraries.
For more information about postgraduate study and social spaces across the College please see our intranet page.
Tell us what you think of your current postgraduate student only spaces – the Graduate Lounges?
The Graduate School is keen to make the Graduate Lounges as attractive and useful to you as we can. As part of this process we welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have on the Lounges, and how they could be enhanced or changed.
If you have any ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org titling the email ‘Graduate Lounge feedback’
We look forward to hearing your views.
Professor Vaughan Robinson
Director of Graduate School
Update 13/03/14: DJS Research are now looking for users of the British Library to take part in their focus groups. Participants will receive a cash thank you for their participation. Email Hannah Brearley, Senior Recruiter at DJS Research – email@example.com – for more details.
To support the growth of their postgraduate programmes the British Library is looking to understand postgraduate students’ views on a new range of training concepts that the Library could deliver. These concepts will be aimed at helping to improve postgraduate students’ research skills.
The British Library has commissioned DJS Research Ltd, an independent market research agency to conduct the research and they will be running a series of focus groups in order to shed light on the above.
In order to participate, all you need to do at this point is meet the following criteria:
- You must be a non-user of the British Library (i.e. not physically visited the Library for research purposes or used its online resources)
- You will preferably be on a research MA/MSc or PhD
- You will be studying either a Social Science and Arts and Humanities or Science subject
All participants will receive £40 cash as a thank you for taking part and the focus groups will last around 1.5 hours.
We anticipate a lot of interest in this project and so will be recruiting on a first come first served basis due to the limited number of places available. If you are interested then please reply by email in the first instance to Hannah Brearley, Senior Recruiter at DJS Research – firstname.lastname@example.org – and she will arrange the specifics.