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If drawing up a research project to obtain funds used to be an important part in the career of all scientists, in view of today’s economical situation, this process has become essential. The Esteve Foundation therefore decided to organize a new course addressed to future health science researchers, to learn the techniques and basic skills to apply for research projects from funding agencies and other institutions.
Four specialists in preventive medicine and public health, who have participated in a number of research projects, showed around thirty students the keys to draw up a good project. The course took place on 5 and 6 June 2019 in the IRB Lleida, during which the participants learnt about the different types of projects, the different sources of funding and how to approach them.
Teresa Ruiz Cantero, coordinator and currently vice-dean of research, postgraduate/doctorate and international relations of the faculty of heath sciences of Universidad de Alicante, explained “whoever takes on the task of drawing up a project to obtain funds for research, has to control many aspects, from the bibliographic revision to the declaration of new and attractive hypothesis, along with developing a work plan and a realistic costs estimate”.
Fellow lecturers were Elena Ronda, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of Universidad de Alicante, and Blanca Lumbreras, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of Universidad Miguel Hernández.
The 50th edition of these training seminars to provide the basic skills and techniques to write and publish scientific articles in health sciences was held on May 29-30 2019 in collaboration with the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Salamanca.
Carmen Vives, associate editor of Gaceta Sanitaria, and Esteve Fernández, from de Institut Català d’Oncologia, conducted the students the methodology of these training seminars based on the theoretical exposition and high involvement with exercises based on published articles.
Audiovisual formats are becoming increasingly more important, both in obtaining resources for research and in scientific dissemination. This is particularly true if it reaches the target public in an attractive, contemporary and understandable way. This new course from the Esteve Foundation intends to set the basis on how to convey scientific projects by recording and editing a short, simple, direct and effective video using a mobile telephone camera or similar.
How to disseminate your research project in a 60″ video is addressed to students and also to scientific and media professionals interested in disseminating their projects and science in general. The course is focused principally on biomedical disciplines and is structured in three main blocks:synthesis, creativity; recording and editing.
The dynamics of the seminar are very active combining theory classes, practical exercises, team and individual work and joint discussions. During the course, two videos will be edited that summarize the same scientific project, but using different narratives. Hence, on registration participants will be asked to propose a subject, research or scientific project on which they would like to make a video. At the end of the course, all participants will have the opportunity of presenting an individual video on line to be appraised and discussed.
Programme (two days):
– Exercise: Seeking what is really special about each project
– Main narrative genres and methods of staging
– Exercise: Approach and script of the video of the project selected to work on
– Basic principles of filming
– Exercise: Pre-production of the video
– Exercise: Filming the video
– Exercise: Editing the final video
– Viewing videos and comments
Ana Montserrat Rosell
Graduated in Media Studies with a Master Degree in Script writing from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, she has been director of the Channel 2 scientific dissemination programme, tres 14 since it was launched in 2008. She also wrote the scientific documentary Camino a la Inmortalidad, of the La 2 Imprescindibles series. She previously worked as a scriptwriter and director of a range of nationally and internationally produced documentaries, along with entertainment programmes and fiction series. Her passion for science and to understand the world that surrounds us, has led her to follow a career in audiovisual science dissemination. As a teacher, she has participated in various seminars and scientific dissemination master courses of the Esteve Foundation, the Instituto RTVE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Unversitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
– This seminar is addressed to students and also to scientific and media professionals, interested in disseminating their projects and science in general. The course is focused principally on biomedical disciplines.
– All technical material will be provided to make and edit the videos.
– The seminar will last for two days with morning and afternoon sessions (9 am to 6 pm), with 16 hours in total.
– The inscription fee is 100 € . This includes documentation of the seminar, coffee breaks and two working lunches. Accommodation and travelling expenses will be covered by the participants.
– The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20 places per course.
– Owing to the nature of the seminar, inscription not only means active participation of attendants and the commitment to attend all the sessions, but also maximum punctuality in order not to affect the dynamics of groups.
– A certificate of attendance will be given to each participant.
• Madrid, June, 14-15
Collaborating institutions: Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya
The 50th edition of these training seminars to provide the basic skills and techniques to write and publish scientific articles in health sciences was held on April 9-10 2019 in collaboration with the Fundació Docència i Recerca Mútua Terrassa.
Carmen Vives, associate editor of Gaceta Sanitaria, and Francisca Sureda, from de Alcalá University, conducted the students the methodology of these training seminars based on the theoretical exposition and high involvement with exercises based on published articles.
When speaking in front of an audience, only 15% of what actually reaches the public corresponds to the spoken message. In contrast, more than half the information retained by listeners lies in nonverbal communication. Indeed, the lecturer’s posture, gesture and eye gaze tell a lot more on how he/she feels than mere words.
These courses organized by the Esteve Foundation on How to perform oral presentations in biomedicine attempt to approach all the aspects directly related to this skill. No matter how good the content selections are, how clearly and orderly the data are exposed and how reliable the audiovisual support is: they’ll all be clean forgotten if the speaker’s enunciation, eye contact, posture and audience exchange are poor.
This 39th edition, held on 3 and 4 January 2019 in Alicante was again imparted by four teachers that combine the two approaches. On the one hand, family physician Elena Muñoz and Pharmacology professor Maria Isabel Martín unveiled the keys for a good biomedical presentation. On the other hand, professional actors Àlex Mañas and Aina Clotet provided some tricks for good vocal and bodily expression.
Theory and practice were combined during these two work days. The attendants had to perform different exercises to put their communication skills to the test. The objective was to perfect hand movements and body posture, to profit from eye gaze, to improve improvisational capacity, to overcome embarrassing situations, etc.
In the last course session, consisting in performing a ten-minute presentation, each student had to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the previous hours. That is when the many factors involved in a presentation are evidenced, from the size and color of the letters in a slide to the speed and loudness of the speaker’s voice. The golden rule, however, is self-confidence, particularly when facing an audience involves significant psychological erosion.
Biomedical professionals need to be able to communicate their research proposals and findings effectively in writing. However, most professionals receive little specific training in scientific writing. Many have mistaken views about what good writing is and how to achieve it. Writing in a language that is not your mother tongue makes it even more difficult to ensure that a text is well organized, coherent, and easily understood. Although most professionals quickly learn to read English-language texts in their special areas of interest, most fail to develop the skills they need to write successful grant applications and articles.
All scientists can learn to write competently. Writing skills can be learned, improved, and refined. Skills are based on knowledge, but knowledge alone is not enough. Developing skills requires putting knowledge into practice. This training seminar aims to help students improve their skills in writing scientific English. Students will learn the principles underlying effective written communication in science and put them into practice in a relaxed atmosphere of open discussion and feedback.
On the 21st and 22nd of March 2019 the Esteve Foundation organized the eleventh edition of Developing skills in scientific writing at the IMIBIC, in Córdoba.
If standing up and speaking in front of an audience is a source of anxiety, the stress is heightened even more when the official language of the conference, meeting or congress is English. On the 11th and 12th of March 2019, the Esteve Foundation organized in Barcelona with IRB Barcelona a new edition of the Training Seminar How to improve your scientific presentations, which offers numerous techniques and practical tips for improving scientists presentations in English.
During one and a half day, participants immerse themselves in the international language under the guidance of Brian McCarthy and Peter Corry, both of Irish origin. McCarthy is a writer, translator and instructor of several courses. He has also translated and edited dozens of articles on pharmacology, psychology and education. Before moving to Spain in 2005, he was a professional theater director and acting coach. Corry has worked as a performance coach for over 12 years, helping professionals in the entertainment industry, education and business to develop confidence and communicate more effectively with audiences. He is also a professional actor in theatre, television and film, and is currently studying Medicine at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Designed with a blend of theory and practice, this new course not only covers basic skills in public speaking but also looks at shaping your message, strucuturing your content and polishing your delivery in order to have a greater impact on your audience. Defining a message, having a central objective, establishing a narrative, imposing a structure and attractive design of slides are some of the keys to capturing and holding public attention.
El curso El científico ante los medios de comunicación regresó los pasados 27 y 28 de febrero de 2019 a los estudios de TVE en Sant Cugat para adentrar a los científicos en el funcionamiento de una redacción periodística. Organizado nuevamente por la Fundación Dr. Antonio Esteve, Indagando TV, el CSIC y el Instituto RTVE, esta experiencia de dos días permite conocer la dinámica de trabajo en un medio de comunicación y las claves de su funcionamiento, con el objetivo de que el científico aprenda a dominar situaciones cada vez más cotidianas para los profesionales sanitarios como una entrevista televisiva o una rueda de prensa.
El curso permite a un grupo reducido de 20 alumnos trabajar una noticia de radio y televisión en tiempo real, tomando contacto con un estudio de radio y un plató de televisión. Los científicos también tienen la oportunidad de experimentar un simulacro de rueda de prensa con el que pueden ponerse en la piel de los diferentes actores implicados, desde el periodista que cubre el evento hasta el profesional que debe enfrentarse a preguntas incómodas.
Además de los medios audiovisuales, el curso también explora otros ámbitos como la comunicación corporativa, indispensable hoy en día en cualquier institución científica, el documental y la divulgación por Internet. Seis profesionales en activo, tanto de RTVE como de otros medios, se encargan de mostrar al colectivo científico las claves de su trabajo como periodistas. Graziella Almendral, directora del canal de divulgación científica Indagando TV y coordinadora del curso, plantea las bases de la noticia en televisión, mientras que Pablo González Batista, subdirector de Hoy por hoy, de la Cadena Ser, se centra en las peculiaridades del lenguaje radiofónico.
La comunicación corporativa corre a cargo de Marc de Semir, director de comunicación de la Fundación Bertelsmann, mientras que la comunicación social desde las instituciones públicas está en manos de Jaime Pérez del Val, del Área de Cultura Científica de la Vicepresidencia Adjunta de Cultura Científica del CSIC. Por su parte, la coordinadora de la agencia SINC Pampa García se ocupa de los contenidos científicos en Internet y en las redes sociales. Por último, Ana Montserrat Rosell, directora del programa de divulgación tres14de La 2, aporta su experiencia en el género documental.
Esta edición de El científico ante los medios de comunicación en Barcelona ha contado además con una visita especial a los estudios de TVE en Sant Cugat y con la participación de Pere Buhigas, director del espacio científico del canal 24 horas Lab24, y Marta Càceres, presentadora de Para todos La 2. La Fundación Dr. Antonio Esteve quiere agradecer a Miguel Ángel Martín, Pablo Beceiro y M. Carmen Franco, del Instituto RTVE en Barcelona, por hacer posible esta segunda edición en los estudios de Sant Cugat.