VDS-P Summer school 2018 "Career Development for Early Stage Researchers"

As part of the first VDS-P Summer school 2018 on Career Development for Early Stage Researchers, which took place in July 2018, several soft skill workshops took place, among them:

The VDS-P welcomed 60 PhD students and early postdocs from universities and research institutions in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK to the first edition of the VDS-P Summer School. The event provided a platform for exchange between early stage researchers in Physics and related disciplines and experts from inside and outside academia. Each day focused on a different topic related to career development and participants received training in key skills for an academic career as well as insights into opportunities for graduates in complementary sectors.

Soft Skill Workshops in Photography

In 2017 and 2018, workshops were held by Dr. Oleg Domanov about photography for science publication and dissemination. We learned about how to create and edit visualisations to adapt for various audiences and purposes, among them the inclusion in science publications such as articles in referred journals, theses etc., and in dissemination activities such as outreach events, social media entries etc.

Interactive Science Communication

In June 2017 the Science Center Netzwerk gave a two days workshop about interactive science communication. We had the opportunity to:

  • get to know, deepen and reflect concepts of interactive science communication: Why – what for – how?
  • try out practical methods: experiments, games, tinkering
  • find out about various objectives of science communication: how to spark curiosity, inquiry-based learning, ....
  • learn about science communication and social inclusion: working with diverse target groups, particularly migrants, refugees – in view of age, gender, education, social and cultural backgrounds, language
  • get an insight into good practice examples of interactive science communication