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Expert group to propose including more communication in third cycle education

How can communicating research become a natural part of third cycle higher education? Researchers and communicators are developing a joint proposal.

Pandemics, AI, energy needs and climate threats – society and business are constantly in need of new scientifically based knowledge. Researchers, on their part, want to reach out more than they have time for. This is shown in the study "Jag vill men hinner inte – Forskares syn på kommunikation och öppen vetenskap” (“I want to but don’t have time – Researchers’ views on communication and open science”) from 2019, which also establishes that many researchers would need help and training in working with communication and dialogue.

Today, communication training is not a mandatory part of third cycle education, although several higher education institutions (HEIs) offer courses and coaching in communication.

Together with Örebro University, the Swedish Research Council has therefore taken the initiative for a dialogue about how science communication can become a natural part of third cycle higher education. A group of researchers and communicators will hold discussions to work out a proposal for a course syllabus for communication. The participants come from various HEIs and research fields, and have themselves taken initiatives to promote a dialogue about research. The proposal will be tested at Örebro University as a first step during 2021.

“Reaching out and talking about research and research results are important parts of the research process, and many researchers are very good at it. This initiative strengthens the development and coordinates inputs nationally, so that more young researchers have the opportunity to develop their communicative competence within the framework for third cycle higher education,” says Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council.

“It is great that Örebro University is getting the chance to take part in and contribute to this important development. We know that many of our researchers fervently wish to talk about their research and reach out, but we also know that many are asking for more tools and more training to feel confident when meeting the media and other important target groups. We will be carrying out a pilot course during 2021, where researchers and communicators collaborate to create this training for doctoral students,” says Sara Arvidson, Head of Communications at Örebro University.


Members of the expert group

Anna Jonsson, Docent
Researcher in business administration, Lund University/Stockholm University

Andrea Spehar, Associate Professor
Researcher in politics, University of Gothenburg

Armita Golkar, Docent
Researcher in psychology, clinical neuroscience, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet

Caroline Runéus
Director of Communications, Lund University

Christina Dahlgren
Director Artium, and former Head of Science Communication, Linnaeus University

Elisabeth Nihlfors, Professor
Researcher in educational sciences, Uppsala University

Jesper Falkheimer, Professor
Researcher in strategic communication, Lund University

Jonas Stier, Professor
Researcher in social work, Mälardalen University

Josefina Syssner, Associate Professor
Researcher in cultural geography, Linköping University

Magnus Boström, Professor
Deputy Dean and researcher in sociology, Örebro University

Robert Lagerström, Docent
Researcher in system architecture/IT security, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sara Arvidson
Head of Communications, Örebro University

Anna Maria Fleetwood
Senior Adviser External Relations, Swedish Research Council

Read the study "Jag vill men hinner inte – Forskares syn på kommunkation och öppen vetenskap"

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