Concurrent workshops

The following interactive workshops are organized as concurrent sessions from 13:15 until 14:15.

How to get your research into the media

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You want your research in the media, but you're afraid journalists will make it more sensational than it is? And how do you even get in touch with the media? During this short workshop we will cover the following topics:

  • What makes your research news (or not)?
  • What's the big difference between a researcher and a journalist? And how to use this to make things easier for you.
  • Your allies inside and outside the university.

And much more…

Guest speaker: Toon Verlinden (presentation coach and science communication expert,  The Floor is Yours)

Slide Design

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Do jam-packed, illegible slides make you shudder? During our workshop you will discover how to put just enough relevant information on your slides and we will also share with you some graphic design tips.

Guest speaker: Hans Van de Water (presentation coach and science communication expert,  The Floor is Yours)

Understanding (your) research metrics

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Generally speaking for researchers, the availability of metrics depends on your research output being available online. Individual researchers might use metrics as evidence for job or grant applications or to inform a publication and communication strategy. Beyond personal interest, research metrics are used to rank and to benchmark universities and to drive policy and funding decisions.

This workshop will give an overview of different research metric and address the need for responsible metrics, by putting these traditional and next generation metrics in context by discussing their benefits and limitations. This will include a demonstration on how to use InCites to monitor more traditional research metrics and Altmetric Explorer to provide research metrics on all types of research output.

Additionally, we will demonstrate the tools to increase your research visibility like ORCID. ORCID is an unique author identifier that helps researchers to distinguish themselves and their work from that of other researchers. In this workshop, researchers can take the opportunity to register for an ORCID identifier, to update their ORCID iD and to explore the options for ORCID integration in the Academic Bibliography of Ghent University ('Biblio') and other tools (such as Publons and Scopus iD). We will also tackle the importance of correctly affiliating Ghent University and/or Ghent University Hospital for research visibility.

In conclusion, research that is (openly) available, will be accessible to more people and will, therefore, have a greater impact. The workshop will assist you in raising the awareness of the importance of your research metrics and increasing visibility of your research.

Bring your tablet/laptop for this session.

Guest speakers: Greet Wieme and Nele Pauwels (information specialists, Knowledge Centre for Health Ghent)

Data Management Planning for FAIR data

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Research institutions and funders at home and abroad are increasingly adopting policies on Research Data Management (RDM). These policies introduce new requirements for researchers applying for and receiving funding, think for instance about the need for Data Management Planning (DMP). Like funders, publishers and journals are also increasingly expecting researchers to make data associated with scientific publications available to others.  As a best practice and to guide these Research Data Management efforts, the FAIR data principles were designed.

In this workshop, researchers that are asked for the first time to write a Data Management Plan (DMP), will get help getting started on their DMP. We will introduce some common RDM concepts such as 'FAIR', 'metadata' and 'repositories' and make this comprehensible by looking at some examples.

Guest speaker: Laura Standaert (data steward Life Sciences, Data Stewards Ghent University)

Societal impact of research – chasing unicorns or shooting fish in a barrel?

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As a researcher you are expected to articulate or show the impact of your research beyond academia. But it may not always be clear what exactly is expected of you or how you can even plan for impact. This workshop will help you on your way and provide you with tips and tricks in this arena.

Guest speaker: Esther De Smet (research policy adviser, Research Co-ordination Office of Ghent University)