Skill spotlight: Research Dissemination


Welcome to this week’s HDR Development Bulletin.

The skill we are focussing on this week is Research Dissemination. This skill relates to the art of communicating your research in different formats with differing complexity. It involves a lot of decision-making, content refinement and self-awareness.

Whether you are discussing your research with non-specialists such as friends and family, or presenting to audiences with increasing disciplinary expertise, you need a clear story. This means tailoring your terminology for the audience and thinking carefully about what message you want them to take away from your content. Some people are naturally gifted at this, but most of us have to work at it.

Throughout your candidature, there will be many opportunities to develop your written and verbal communication skills in ways that allow you to refine how you express your research. However, communication skills are transferable skills that form part of your personal branding. This means investing time in developing them has value far beyond the dissemination of your research.

If it has been a while since you focused on something other than your current research task, here are a few short activities that you can engage with to help you hone the way you communicate:

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GA6: Effective Research Communication