Institute of Infection – Science Communication Unit collaboration

Introduction

The Institute of Infection is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Imperial’s Science Communication Unit, and in particular with seven of its master's students, who this year have been embedded in the Institute as ‘communicators in residence’.

We are now calling on infection researchers across the College  – particularly early career researchers – who would like to collaboratively develop innovative communication pieces with the students.

You will be paired with two of Imperial's Science Communication masters students, each of whom has a background in science as well as practical media skills (e.g., as writers, video and audio makers). They also can provide unique humanities and social sciences perspectives that may complement traditional means of communication.

Working together, you will develop innovative communication pieces can be centred on your work and/or can address other infection-related questions. We also encourage you to to explore the mission of the Institute to promote interdisciplinary activities. Projects may range from more traditional digital pieces (long reads, videos, infographics) to more innovative endeavours such as a gallery or performance piece.

How the collaboration works (February – April)

This is a collaborative project whose output can be tailored to your needs. It is a unique opportunity to produce something distinct that disseminates your research, serves as a platform for public engagement, and/or brings a new perspective to your research.

Your roles and commitments: 

  • An initial meeting followed by brief weekly meetings (e.g., 30 mins) with the student
  • Share relevant data resources that can be turned into content
  • Review of content

Students' roles: 

  • Will dedicate 3 hours a week to develop the content, tailored to your needs
  • Provide expert insight into science communication.

Areas of exploration: The project could be focussed specifically on your own research. Alternatively/additionally, this may be an opportunity to explore more philosophical questions/concepts, e.g.,

  1. How should scientists tell their stories about infection?
  1. Infection and disease: science or politics?
  1. How does research into infectious disease interact with Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity agendas?
  1. Science and art: can they learn from each other?

How to get involved

The deadline for applications for this unique opportunity is 5pm, 24 January.

To apply, pease submit an email (infectioninstitute@imperial.ac.uk) with a brief outline (<300 words) of your scientific area/topic and the potential sci comms project you are interested in (e.g., written, multimedia, video). Your idea does not have to be fully formed as this can be further developed with the student(s).

We are offering three projects this round, which will be allocated around the students' expertise. 

For further queries, please email the Mel Bradnam, Institute Manager (infectioninstitute@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Stephen Webster, Director, the Science Communication Unit (stephen.webster@imperial.ac.uk)