There are a large number of channels for presenting your work to new audiences. Diverse audiences, from policy writers to practitioners and the general public, need succinct, contextualised explanations of original research. Here are some options for communicating your research findings.
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Videos are an extremely popular way of communicating information in an engaging format. They can be created quickly and cheaply, and can be presented in a variety of ways to contextualise your work (marketing and promotion, industry outreach, use in learning and teaching). Options include:
Podcasts have become a popular medium and can be produced with relatively little time and expense. They can be presented around a certain topic or project and either as an individual or group, or guest contributions or interviews may be provided to established podcasts such as Pod Academy.
Some examples of academic podcasts include:
Presenting data visually can help to communicate the results of your research in a range of contexts, whether presenting your work at a conference, as a figure in a paper, or as an attention-grabbing social media post.
Find a range of tools and tips on the Data Analysis and Visualisation guide.
Kudos can be used to increase the influence of your research by creating plain English explanations of your work. It can also be used to measure and track social media engagement.
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