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Collection of communication & outreach ideas and relevant reading resources for researchers

Name and Link Description Difficulty Level Comments
MSCAA Newsletter The MCAA Newsletter is the main communication channel for and about the MCAA community. It aims at disseminating information about the activities of the national chapters and working groups, events, partners, and especially MSCA projects (Individual Fellowships, RISE, ITN, and COFUND). It is a platform for science communication and public outreach. Basic Online format
Blogging Where: in LinkedIn; Individual website; Blogger; Other blogging platforms; Basic Online format
Native Scientist Brings together role models and migrant pupils to promote science and language integrated learning. Foreign researchers may conduct vulgarization sessions in their mothertongue Basic. You are accompanied by the tutor from Native Scientist Physical format (unless pandemic)
Pint of Science (FR)
Pint of Science (ENG)
Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival which brings researchers to your local pub/cafe/space to share their scientific discoveries with you Basic (and fun!) Physical format (unless pandemic)
Europeans Researcher Night (ENG)
Europeans Researcher Night (FR)
Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the public. The Night provides researchers the opportunity to showcase the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, and to stimulate interest in research careers – especially among young people. The events highlight how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum. Medium - High. Contact the communication and outreach service of your university or find animation pole in your city Physical format (unless pandemic)
Falling Walls LAB for MSCA Students, researchers, and early-career professionals of all disciplines are invited to pitch their innovative idea in 3 minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society. Special ediion for MSCA researchers. Medium. To apply, browse through the open calls, select the Lab located closest to you, and fill out the application form. Physical format (unless pandemic)
Fete de la Science It is an annual francophone scientific culture event that takes place over ten days, in October for mainland France and in November for Overseas and International. French equivalent to the EU Researchers Night Medium - High. Contact the communication and outreach service of your university or find animation pole in your city Physical format (unless pandemic)
My thesis in 180 seconds (FR)
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three Minute Thesis competition "3MT" (ENG)
The 3 Minute Thesis is an international competition for research students to showcase their research. Students have to talk about what their research is and why it is important in plain language, for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide. Founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT events are now hosted by over 400 institutions across six continents.Example performance Medium - High. Check with your University doctoral school or communication unit Physical format,TedX talk style
Dance your Ph.D. Turn your Ph.D. thesis into a dance, post the video on YouTube, send the link to the organizers Example performance1; Example performance2 Medium, but requires some musical performace creativity and audio-visual editing skills To be submitted online
Euronews channel EU TV channel with headquarters in Lyon, France. It has dedicated sections about technolodies and science.Check the following categories
Sci-Tech. It provides tha lates science and hi-tech news from Europe and the World, all as a video on demand;
Futuris. It disseminates the latest news about the leading scientific and technological research projects in Europe
Ocean.
It explores themes related to pollution and marine life; the policies and projects designed to protect our seas but also "Climat now" and "Biztech news"
High, be ready to allocate some budget TV Channel diffusion
European Research and Innovation Days European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. High, comparable to the EU Researcher's Night but with more diverse audience Physical format (unless pandemic)
Soapbox Science Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women and non-binary scientists and the science they do."No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women and non-binary scientists who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask.". Events follow the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. Medium-High Physical format (unless pandemic)
1 Milion Women in STEM Global network of & for women in STEM. We profile the stories of women studying & working in STEM to provide real role models to the next generation. We are a community to support women in & entering STEM Basic. Possible to be featured or involved as part of the Both physical and ddigital formats
The Great Exhibition Road Festival Weekend that brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances Medium - High. Presentors need to sponsor and prepare their booth/stand. Usually it is made with the assistance of specialized office Physical format (unless pandemic)
Nuit des Idées (FR) Chaque dernier jeudi de janvier, l’Institut français (IF) invite les lieux de savoir et de culture partout dans le monde à célèbrer la libre circulation des idées en proposant, le même soir, conférences, rencontres, forums et tables rondes, mais aussi projections, performances artistiques et ateliers jeunesse, autour d’un thème commun. Souvent organisé par les Instituts Français (réseau diplomatique pour promouvoir la culture française à l'étranger) en partenariats avec les acteurs locaux (musées, centres de sciences, etc.) Medium, can be organized at local scale with students Physical format (unless pandemic)
Echosciences (FR) A french social network existing in several french territories to connect science communicators and actors, as weel as to communicate science with the general audiences and know science outreach events that occur nearby. Everyone can have an account, everyone can publish articles or advertising events. Basic Online
Forum de l'ACFAS - L'Association de promotion et défense de la recherche en français. (France-Canada) the International Sciences Société Forum brings together some 275 Quebec students and 18 researchers from Quebec and France for a weekend. In a friendly context, participants discuss issues of science and society, such as climate change, green agriculture or urban development. N/A. Specific to Quebec, but good inspirations Physical format (unless pandemic)
MSCA "Fellow of the Week" MSCA fellows can nominate themselves via a private message on the Facebook page as "Fellow of the Week". Basic Online
La Semaine du cerveau Organized every year in March, the Brain Week is coordinated in France by the Société des Neurosciences.This international event, organized simultaneously in around 100 countries and more than 120 cities in France, aims to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of brain research. This is an opportunity for many researchers, doctors and volunteer students to meet the public and share with them the advances obtained in neuroscience research laboratories, to present the challenges for knowledge of the brain and the implications for our society. Basic Physical format (unless pandemic)
La Scitoyenne (FR) The scientific mediation newsletter for research staff, gives ideas for vulgarization opportunities N/A. Useful reading Online
ITN "Enabling Excellence" This ITN addressed the communication issues (internal and external), some interesting ideas via the link N/A. Useful reading Online
PCN MSCA toolbox (FR) Guidelines on Outreach and Communication Activities in the MSCA under Horizon 2020 N/A. Useful reading Online
A Scientist’s Guide to Social Media Informal reading about scientists choices and challenges on science outreach via social media N/A. Useful reading Online
Pecha Kucha presentation type PechaKucha’s 20x20 presentation format shows your 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. N/A. Useful reading, can be interesting idea to present research Online
Ideas of meeting formats Innovative meeting formats ideas N/A. Useful reading N/A