Scientific outreach

Knowing how to talk about science to non-scientists is becoming increasingly important. The competition for research funds is today harder than ever and requires that researchers be able to communicate their findings to the public, the media as well as to their peers.

  • Outreach events: During your PhD you can contribute to improve the public understanding of neuroscience by organizing an exhibition or a guided tour in a museum, or by visiting your local school to talk to young students and science teachers.
  • Science journalism: Neuroscience is often in the news and you must be prepared to get your message across accurately and persuasively in a few lines, or in a short radio interview.
  • Science policy: It is essential to know how to communicate your findings to animal rights groups, medical charities, private funds, etc.

The LN Doctoral School encourages PhD students to improve their science communication skills. Please contact the LNDS coordinator for more information about training possibilities in the Lemanic area, or suggest your own idea. You will be able to validate your training as “Complementary Skills” (max. 2 ECTS during your PhD).

LNDS students @ Thesis storytelling events

LNDS PhD candidates regularly take part in science storytelling competitions, with quite some success …

Yohann Thenaisie – Winner of the MT180 competition in Western Switzerland in 2021.

LNDS students @ Brain Awareness Weeks

In particular in Geneva, LNDS students are strongly involved in brain awareness events for school children each year, e.g. organizing research workshops and lab visit for potential future scientists. Please see here for more information.

LNDS students @ SciFilmIt Competition

The SciFilmIt team is working to bring science filmmaking back to scientists, artists and the public. LNDS students are among of the organizers every year to organize events in Lausanne and Geneva.

Lifeshow of the Lausanne SciFilmIt Competition 2021
Lifeshow of the Geneva SciFilmIt Competition 2021