Course: How to explain your PhD in an easily understandable way

21/09/2023 to 25/09/2023

EUniWell Online EUniWell-Event

Master the art of simplifying complex research! Join EUniWells Research Communications Programme for Doctoral Candidates in “How to explain your PhD in an easily understandable way”. Apply by 12 September!

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About the Programme

The EUniWell Research Communications Programme is designed for PhD candidates interested in science communication. This online programme focuses on practical, interactive sessions, equipping participants to engage different audiences with their research. 

As EUniWell values interdisciplinarity and the learning that can come from mixing different interests, expertise and perspectives, this programme is open to PhD candidates from all Graduate Schools of the eleven EUniWell member universities (Birmingham, Cologne, Inalco, Florence, Konstanz, Linneaus, Murcia, Nantes, Santiago de Compostela, Semmelweis, Taras Shevchenko).

Aim of the programme

Engaging different audiences (general public, local communities, scientific community, professionals from various fields, and science journalists) can strengthen young researchers’ academic profiles. 

The participants of the programme will be able to:

  • Gain an awareness of audience types and their needs
  • Identify the most engaging part of their research
  • Experience developing messages for their research
  • Network with other engaged young researchers from the EUniWell member universities

Course details

Name: How to explain your PhD in an easily understandable way

Date 1: 21 September 2023, 11:00-17:00 CEST / 10:00-16:00 BST (break: 13:00-14:00 CEST / 12:00-13:00 BST)

Date 2: 25 September 2023, 10:00-16:00 CEST / 09:00-15:00 BST (break: 12:30-13:30 CEST / 11:30-12:30 BST)

(Candidates can apply for one date only.)

Format: Online Zoom meeting

Language: English

Participants: PhD candidates from EUniWell member universities

Limitation: max. 16 PhD students per course

Trainer: Gabriele Hess-Fernandez, science journalist and lecturer, Nantes Université

Course description

Join this session to kickstart your journey in science communication and audience awareness.

Have you ever felt the need to find the right words to explain easily and make people understand your PhD work? This workshop holds the key to enhancing your ability to communicate your research successfully to a lay audience. Gain insights into prioritising your audience as you delve into the wisdom of your instructor Gabriele, who will reveal how adept TV journalists tailor scientific concepts for diverse viewers. Forge a personal connection and create common ground by including a personal tone, infusing your own experiences and anecdotes alongside concrete examples. 

In this online course, the trainer will not only deliver presentations but also facilitate interactive sessions, group discussions and exercises in which the participants practise their new skills and receive personalised advice from the trainer and other participants. 

Teaching Methods 

The course is highly interactive and practical, a combination of informative PowerPoint lectures, followed by tasks, exercises and discussions. Attendees are asked to bring prepared graphics, present and refine them. Our working language is English. To ensure that each person gets as much attention as possible, a maximum of 12 participants is recommended per group. 

Pre-course task: Attendees will need to prepare for the course and write a 2 minute long talk about the research topic they are working on.We will work on improving these. 

Organisation: This 12 hour course can be completed entirely online.Supporting material and shared documents will be sent via email, the courses will take place via Zoom. 

The trainer: Gabriele Hess-Fernandez is a senior science journalist, editor-in-chief and university lecturer. Gabriele brings a wealth of experience in data visualisation for infographics and visual storytelling. With a fervour for both education and engaging narratives, she excels in delivering accurate information in an engaging way.


The workshop is open free of charge to regular PhD candidates of the 11 EUniWell member universities. 

In the interest of an optimal learning experience, the organisers reserve the right to adjust the composition of the groups to include representatives of the different universities as much as possible – so first come, first served will not always be possible. 

Application deadline: 12 September 2023

Applications remain open until the courses reach capacity (but no later than 12 September 2023).

Application form: available here

Contact: Eszter Turopoli