Talk about your research
Talking about your own research and Chalmers' research in general is important. Citizens and taxpayers are curious about how we use their money. Sharing our knowledge also creates new opportunities - the more people who hear about you and your research, the greater the chance Chalmers has of receiving additional research grants and being able to cooperate with the business world and community.
There are several information channels depending on the focus of research and its news value for general or specific target groups.
There will be several occasions to talk about your work during your time as a research student: a presentation at an important conference, particularly interesting results, in conjunction with a licentiate essay or before defending a dissertation. Perhaps your subject is in focus in the news and is being generally discussed.
If you or your supervisor believes that your research has some sort of news value, please get in touch with the public information officer at your department or with us directly at Communications and marketing.Some questions to consider:
Quick guide when writing a brief, popular science summary
- Address the classic question words - when, where, why, how and who.
- Who might be interested?
- Name connections inside and outside Chalmers: to projects, other subject areas and cooperation with academia and the community.
All doctoral students admitted after September 1, 2012 have to write a popular science summary in Swedish or English on the back of their doctoral thesis. Apart from this, you also have the opportunity to draw attention to your research by means of a brief, popular science summary of your PhD dissertation – in Swedish and English – in research.chalmers.se.
The digital version is shown in the list “Coming dissertations” on the Chalmers website under the title of the dissertation.Purpose
The overall purpose is to make your research as visible as possible and maximise coverage. By publishing the popular science summary on the website it is made more accessible and searchable in both English and Swedish. Prior to the defence of the dissertation, anyone who is interested – the media and so on – can subscribe to the “Coming dissertations” service. The summary will also appear on the Department's home page on the Chalmers website. Afterwards it will remain in the database and will be searchable.
This is also a good, simple way of informing the Chalmers central Public Relations and Press Office of your dissertation and the importance of its content. This creates a basis for deciding whether it would be appropriate to take further steps – sending out a press release for example.
It is also an excellent opportunity to have a short description ready for use on other occasions in the future when someone might like to know more about your research. It could be a good idea to have a popular science summary prepared from the very outset so that it is already available when the time comes for you to defend your dissertation.What should be included?
When writing the summary bear in mind the following:
- Heading: Preferably no more than 10 words
- Running text: Maximum of 1,500 characters, including spaces
- Language: You can choose both Swedish and English or just one language.
- The heading should be short and generate as much impact as possible.
- Write in a way that is simple and easy to understand (avoid specialist terminology if possible)
- Contextualise your subject, e.g. by highlighting relevance to the community. To which ‘piece of the puzzle’ has your work made a significant contribution?
- Present the most important results and highlight any possible future areas of use for the newly found knowledge.
You can receive support and advice on writing the text from your department communication officer or from one of the research communication officers at the central Communications Office.
Technical support for research.chalmers.se is available via the library: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact at the central Communications Office
Anita Fors, Communications and marketing
Tel: +4631-772 8464 email@example.com
News and pressreleases about Chalmers are published at each Department´s website and at www.chalmers.se