I’ve just come across this short animation by PhD Comics which I think neatly summarises some of the issues around open access. It’s from a couple of years ago, but still relevant…
If you’d like to disseminate your research in a unique and innovative way, perhaps it’s time you tried your hand at stand-up comedy with Bright Club. Each event is compèred by a professional comedian, then academics and researchers take the mic to talk about their subject in a light-hearted and entertaining way.
If you want to find out more about Bright Club in Newcastle, including access to training, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For health and biomedical researchers, when you are asked in NIHR bids to justify your research on the grounds of novelty, what do you do? The NIHR-funded Research Design Service has produced a helpful video guide which gives an overview of a couple of online sources you can use to test the novelty of your idea by searching ongoing research and trials which have not yet been published:
The ESRC (Economic and Social Science Research Council) is showcasing how its funded research engages with different aspects of contemporary life over seven days in a series of short videos. Monday’s video focused on research exploring image, identity and ageing among women. Next week’s will discuss charity and volunteering.
Using videos as public engagement tools is becoming increasingly popular with the research councils, with both the ESRC and EPSRC having a Youtube video feed. The Wellcome Trust also has a relatively active profile with some well produced videos, such as this one debunking five common myths about exercise. These videos seek to communicate science in simple terms as part of their public engagement and educational programmes.
Check out this video showcasing research carried out by Professor Kenny Coventry and colleagues at CoCoLab (Communication and Cognition Lab) at Northumbria University on the mapping between language and perception. It describes an ESRC-funded research project looking at cross-linguistic differences in spatial language and asks: Does the language we speak affect the way we think?