About the Course
Writing Global Health is a virtual workshop series that aims to narrate, communicate and disseminate global health science and research on a global scale. We build this scale with our workshop participants through both a sensitisation towards multiple modes and media and a critical assessment of what works, when, and where. Drawing on research and scientific exchanges within the EUGLOH project, we ground this workshop in the core literary traditions of storytelling and creative writing, extending these ideas into the realm of scientific popularisation. We welcome projects of all sizes and ambitions as we explore possibilities of communicating your work within EUGLOH (and your individual research on global health) to a broader public.
The goal is to enable students to create informative material in various forms and for different media, give them the skills to assess the potential of this material, and to disseminate information about a project in different forms on appropriate channels.
- 1 ECTS (normal workload): approximately 30 hours, half of them in synchronous sessions and the other half in asynchronous workload or
- 3 ECTS (extra workload): normal workload+ students continue to compile material after the end of the course and write a report
Dates of synchronous online sessions:
- Nov 09, 14-15h
- Nov 12, 14-18h
- Nov 16, 14-15h
- Nov 19, 14-15h
- Nov 23, 14-15h
- Nov 26, 14-15h
- Nov 30, 14-15h
- Dec 03, 14-15h
- Dec 07, 11-17h
- Dec 10, 14-16h
Workshop facilitators and structure: The virtual workshop series “Writing Global Health” was designed by Dr. Daniel Graziadei (Munich) and Divya Madhavan (Paris). The second edition of this workshop took place between November 9 and December 11, 2020, with the help of three US-American writing peer-tutors from LMU Munich Writing Center and a tutor from Paris Saclay’s Academic Writing Center. The workshop series aimed to train undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students to narrate, communicate, and disseminate global health science and research to a broader public. The workshop was structured in 8 phases, all of which were fully completed. Out of 68 initial candidates, 36 effectively participated; 21 participants completed the course successfully (LMU 4 out of 5; Centrale Supélec Paris 1 out of 2; University of Porto 16 out of 28; Szeged University 0 out of 0; Lund University 0 out of 1).
Live sessions: Participants joined our synchronous sessions on Mondays and Thursdays and learned about different types of scientific writing, scientific and popular audiences, scientific storytelling, and style in writing. All participants received checklists and strategical input in order to further their potential to correct their writing.
Assignments and feedback: All participants had to hand in and work on the feedback they received on their asynchronous assignments. All participants had to complete a first popularisation task to explain their current research to a six-year-old in two minutes. In the next phase (phase 4.1-4.2), the participants had to choose between two popularisation tasks: writing either an original text or a press release. The text should mirror either their research or content from their studies. For our group assignment (phase 4.3-4.4), seven groups were formed. In the course of this assignment, four flyers (promoting: a workshop on science communication, a cervical cancer vaccine, a challenge against child obesity, a network for health literacy, responsible social media use to protect mental health) and two podcasts (on sugar intake and on aging gracefully) were produced. In the following (phase 5-6), we had a live vernissage of their favorite productions and discussed potential forms of dissemination. In order to make the most of their new competencies, all participants had to think of the further application of the newly acquired popularisation skills. The direct feedback and the online evaluation confirmed that the workshop was highly useful for most of the group, which became already visible in the increasing quality of the assignments.
Further editions: Given the successful continuation of Writing Global Health, we hope to run a third edition in the autumn of 2021.
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