Effective scientific communication is a skill highly-prized by potential employers, and is central to success during postgraduate study.
Communication Skills for the Biosciences is a straightforward, practical guide to the skills you should master to get the most out of your study and research, to pave the way to a successful career.
Focusing on the three key modes of communication - written, oral, and visual - the book also includes valuable advice on associated topics, including peer review, data sharing, data ownership, plagiarism, critical review of scientific information and the role of e-technology.
Uniquely, the book incorporates annotated examples, bringing to life the guidance and explanations presented in the text, and helping you to master best practice in all areas of science communication.
Communication Skills for the Biosciences is a must-have companion throughout your postgraduate career.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Communication Skills for the Biosciences features:
For registered adopters of the book:
Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download.
PowerPoint slides that can be adapted and used as the basis for workshops or lectures.
Examples of best practice in the use of Powerpoint, and preparation of posters.
Aysha Divan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Biological of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. Her research experience includes studying the role of p53 in retinoblastoma tumour progression and the molecular basis of chromatin remodelling during gene locus activation. She is currently managing (with a key role in developing) the new Masters Bioscience Programmes (encompassing 6 programmes) launched at the Faculty in October 2004. She has developed the transferable skills module of which scientific communication is a key component and produced a student toolkit which brings together guidelines and case material supporting the development of these skills. She is currently developing an interactive website to supplement the toolkit and trains communication skills to Masters Students in the Faculty. Other teaching includes practical core skills training and specialist cancer genetics module.
1. Essential communication skills ; 2. Recording and managing information ; 3. Ethics in communication ; 4. Introduction to the scientific literature ; 5. Conducting effective literature searches ; 6. Reviewing scientific literature ; 7. Writing a literature review ; 8. Writing a research proposal ; 9. Writing a research paper ; 10. Writing an abstract ; 11. Preparing tables and figures ; 12. Writing a Masters dissertation or a PhD thesis ; 13. Delivering an effective oral presentation ; 14. Preparing and presenting a research poster ; 15. Networking