EMCR Events

Science communication workshop

The Monash Addiction Research Centre is hosting its second online science communication workshop aimed at early-mid career researchers.

For this workshop we welcome back A/Prof Jen Martin who will deliver the workshop ‘Writing about science for general audiences’. A/Prof Martin is a senior lecturer in science communication from the University of Melbourne and runs a number of external workshops helping researchers navigate the area of science communication.

Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Time: 10am – 12pm


Workshop overview

More than ever, it is vital today’s scientists can communicate effectively with non-scientists. In this workshop, we will consider some of the ways scientists can get their message out to non-scientists: writing for the public, including blogging; as well as both mainstream and social media. In particular, we'll focus on how to ‘tell a story’ (i.e. a narrative structure) and on the style of writing that is most effective for communicating about science with non-scientific audiences.

The cost to attend the workshop is $30 for MARC members and $60 for non-members. There are limited spots available, so make sure you get in quickly.

To register for the session please visit the myDevelopment page via this link . Once you have requested to attend the session you will need to enter your cost centre and fund code. You will then receive a confirmation email from myDevelopment with instructions on how to access the Zoom training on the day.

For those wishing to attend that are not Monash staff, please contact us at marc.info@monash.edu to arrange your registration.

Previous MARC EMCR events

November 2021 - MARC EMCR policy workshop 

In this free workshop, Jonathan Meddings, Policy and Engagement Manager from Turning Point and the Monash Addiction Research Centre, discussed what public policy is and how you can translate your research findings in a way that makes it accessible to policymakers. Participants also engaged in a group exercise to translate the results of an academic paper into a short pitch to policymakers through the CPR model: Context, Problem, Response.

August 2021 - Science communication workshop recap

We had a great turnout for the science communication workshop on Tuesday, 10 August with our facilitator, Dr Jen Martin, sharing some great tips on how to deliver effective, engaging and confident presentations.

In the workshop, Jen spoke about using the GAMPER strategy as the basis for any great talk.

Science communication 101: GAMPER

  • What is your Goal?
  • Who is your Audience?
  • What is your Message?
  • Choose your Platform(s)
  • Evaluate
  • Refine

Jen also shared the three key stages (planning, design and delivery) to focus on when preparing a talk, the top 5 tips for public speaking, and the top 7 tips for presenting online.

If you would like access to the workshop recording, please email marc.info@monash.edu.

March 2021 - 'Shut Up and Write'

Last Friday we held our first EMCR event for the year called ‘Shut Up and Write’. The workshop focused on peer support, how to get and stay motivated, and how to structure your writing time for maximum productivity.

The group shared some great tips, including:

1.       Using the Pomodoro Technique to break down your writing into intervals of 20-25min

2.       Blocking out regular time in your to write and encouraging those that you work with to have protected writing time.

3.       Learning to be a productive procrastinator by having a list of productive procrastinator tasks.

4.       Using templates that provide you with headings and a prepopulated structure for your manuscript, so you never start with a blank page

5.       Having a list of papers/grants that you are working on.

A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen shared some helpful writing resources ‘How to write a lot’ and ‘Writing productivity tips’, while Dr Liz Sturgiss recommended a great book by author Stephen King called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Importantly, the workshops included 2 x 25 minute 'pomodoro' writing blocks that everyone agreed was productive.

November 2020 -  Introduction To Data Linkage

An interactive EMCR workshop for public health and pharmacy researchers introducing the commonly used datasets for data linkage in Australia

The Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) and the Monash Addiction Research Centre (MARC) hosted an ‘Introduction to data linkage’ EMCR workshop on Thursday, 12 November from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.

The interactive virtual workshop was designed for public health and pharmacy researchers and introduced the datasets mostly commonly used for data linkage in Australia. Including information about data security, ethics and data governance specifically relevant to linked datasets.

Workshop speakers were A/Prof Nadine Andrew, Research Data Lead, National Centre for Healthy Ageing Data Platform, and Chair of the Monash University HELIX data linkage committee and Dr Jenni Ilomaki, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety.

July 2020 - Recap of MARC EMCR social media workshop

We had a great turnout for the MARC social media presentation and workshop on Thursday 23 July. Thank you to everyone that came along to the session. We hope you all took away some handy tips to help you promote your research via your social channels, and it's been great to see some of our members embracing social media for the first time. For those that weren't able to make it, here is a recap of our top tips.

  • New research shows that papers that are tweeted receive four times more citations compared to those that aren't.
  • Twitter is the primary social media platform that academics use to disseminate and learn about new research.
  • When posting on social media, include rich content such as an image, video, or gif to increase engagement - it can even be a screencap of a paper abstract.
  • Use URL shorteners like bitly to save on the 280 Twitter character limit.
  • Amplify your audience by tagging relevant people/organisations in your field who may ‘like’ or retweet you. Members can also tag @MonashAddiction for us to retweet your tweet to our hundreds of followers.
  • Include your Twitter handle at the bottom of your presentation slides to make it easier for audience members to live-tweet your conference work.

December 2018  - Grant Writing Intensive (GWI)

MARC’s inaugural Grant Writing Intensive (GWI) ran on December 3 & 4, 2018. This 1.5-day workshop provided overviews of how various funding schemes were structured and was an opportunity to receive peer-review feedback on individual proposals.

Nine MARC early to mid-career researchers participated from Turning Point, the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, and General Practice. The intensive was facilitated by Professor Alison Ritter, internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the University of New South Wales who has had consistent success with winning Australian Competitive Grants.