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Communicating your research

During your research degree it’s important that you develop effective communication skills to ensure your research has impact and reaches your target audiences.

Knowing your audience

When writing or presenting your research you need to consider who your target audience is. Possible audiences could include:

  • Colleagues;
  • Experts in your field;
  • Researchers from a different discipline;
  • Media;
  • Funding agencies;
  • Government/policy makers;
  • Industry; and
  • Community.

For each audience, you need to consider what it is about your research that they’re most likely to be interested in. You can help your audience by framing your messages and putting them into context.

For audiences not within your discipline, you should avoid jargon and tailor your message to an intelligent, generalist audience. 

Improve your communication skills

Attending conferences is an excellent way to practice your communication skills and develop research networks.

GRS runs workshops on Communicating Your Research as part of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) training that helps you explain your research in an interesting way to a generalist audience.

For media support, please contact the Corporate Communications team in our Marketing and Communications Services Centre.

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