making science communication a conversation

RELATE Workshops

The RELATE Flagship Workshops are intensive 6-10 week courses that develop the tools to effectively communicate research. Held during the summer months, participants actively develop and practice communications techniques throughout the workshop and receive feedback from both lay-audience community members and professional science communicators.

Participants in a RELATE Flagship Intensive Workshop.

Participants in a RELATE Flagship Intensive Workshop.

In 2016, we hosted two intensive workshops: Communication Fundamentals and Advanced Oral Communication. Those who completed Fundamentals developed a short talk that was shared via social media, and Advanced Oral participants created and delivered a 15-20 minute presentation in a community outreach event. In prior years, RELATE workshops have delivered comparable content in a single 8-10 week workshop, integrating similar video and community engagement presentations.

These courses were intended for PhD students with a defined research project, postdocs, and early-career faculty in any Science, Technology, Engineering or Math discipline. Communication Fundamentals was hosted during the summer of 2016, workshop sessions were held Thursdays from 2:30pm to 5:50pm between June 9th and July 14th. Details about the 2019 series and future iterations of Communication Fundamentals, Advanced Oral Communication, and other workshops will be coming soon. (Here's a glimpse at the schedule and information about our upcoming 2019 workshop.)

Applications are open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math PhD students and postdocs at the University of Michigan. Graduate students need to have passed qualifying exams by the start of the workshop. Early-career faculty are encouraged to join after discussion with the RELATE director team. Apply here.

Shorter RELATE Workshops

RELATE has hosted >25 workshops, with durations ranging from 1 hour to 4 weeks, depending on the needs of the organization requesting and co-hosting the training. During these workshops, we have introduced >1200 students at the University of Michigan to fundamentals of communication skills, partnering with groups including the Office of Academic Innovation, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in the Medical School (including the Program in Biomedical Sciences), Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the M-STEM Academies, Women in Science and Engineering, the English Language Institute, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Health Science Scholars Program, and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, among others.


Check out the accessible science talks the alumni of the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 intensive summer workshops created! 2018 talks will be coming soon.

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