By Anneke Brand, IIASA Science Communication Fellow 2016 and a postdoctoral fellow at Stellenbosch University in South Africa:
It is almost impossible to put into words what my time at IIASA meant to me.
Coming from a scientific background, I was familiar with working with formal academic texts, but during my internship I learned how to communicate complex scientific concepts to a general audience — which requires a totally different set of skills.
Under the expert guidance of the IIASA Communications Department, I acquired and developed the necessary skills to do this, within their working environment. I was also honored to have my work published on Nexus (the IIASA blog) and in the Options magazine.
During the internship I was exposed to a variety of science communication areas. For example, interviewing scientists and writing press releases, feature articles, profiles and project pages. In addition, I had the opportunity to explore the positive effects of incorporating multimedia and social media into the communication process.
Lifelong friendships and professional connections were made during my three months at IIASA. I was working in close connection with participants of the Young Scientists Summer Programme (YSSP), but the friendly and extremely professional IIASA family crept deep into my heart.
The internship once again made me realise how extremely important communication between scientists and the rest of the world is. More often than not, fundamental information is not getting “out there” or even worse, getting out there in a misleading way. I would strongly recommend that such internships remain part of the IIASA mission to train and develop young people and to help form their careers.
Read Anneke's blog posts on Nexus.
Anneke is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She studies the effect of different ratios of omega-6 and omega-3 oils on the progression of breast cancer.
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Last edited: 01 December 2016
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