Getting Your Message Across and Getting Noticed - Communication Skills for Academic Researchers

Date & Time

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and the Public Scholars Initiative



In this climate of knowledge exchange and community engagement, communicating to an audience outside the Academy is becoming increasingly important. This has never been truer for the next generation of up-and-coming academic researchers. To be able to talk and write about your work in clear, accessible language to just about anyone is now mandatory if you want to get on. The skills required to do this are essential tools for researchers, whether you see your future in Academia, straddling the academic and non-academic worlds, or even outside the Academy.

This workshop will look at the best techniques for the written and oral communication of your research stories and offer a recommended road map to help you become visible to both the community and the media. It will look at getting your message across both on paper and in the digital world and the steps you need to take become an effective communicator of your work - what the media describe as “good talent.”


For over eleven years now Simon Clews has been the Director of the Melbourne Engagement Lab at Melbourne University (formerly known as the Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers). This unique centre supports postgraduate students, early career researchers and academic staff as they develop their research into writing for mainstream audiences. Graduates of the Lab’s programs have published everything from award-winning books to trend-setting blogs, including articles, newspaper columns, opinion pieces and essays.

Simon also works with writers and academics around the world to help them improve their written and oral communication skills and their non-fiction writing.

Simon was involved in the New York Writers Workshop Non-Fiction Pitch Conferences in 2011 and 2012, the City University of New York’s Publishing Institute in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the 2014 Asia Pacific Writers & Translators International Conference.

Simon recently launched a digital publishing house - ideePOP - as a means of experimenting with new publishing forms.

More information:


This session is currently full. Registrants will be placed on the waitlist and contacted should a seat become available. 

Registration in this session is required and is now open. Registration is generally limited to currently-appointed UBC postdoctoral fellows and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO one week prior to the workshop. All cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance of the workshop.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Public Scholars Initiative and the Graduate Pathways to Success Program. Graduate students, please register for the April 5 session through the Graduate Pathways to Success Program

*** Please note that lunch will not be provided for this session. ***