WaterLeadership | Sharing Science: Clear Language Writing

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, the Water Institute, presents, "Sharing Science: Clear Language Writing”with  special guest Elisabeth Van Stam, Writing and Communications Advisor, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, STEM Specialist.

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It is becoming increasingly important for academics to learn how to effectively disseminate their findings to a broader audience. This can be done through various types of written pieces such as editorials, posters, blogs, short articles, etc.

In this session, you will gain practical tips for communicating complex scientific concepts to a non-technical public. This includes identifying who your audience is, developing engaging and effective messages that spark interest and enthusiasm, and using plain language to improve the accessibility and readability of your work.

Lunch will be provided.

Guest speaker:

  • Elisabeth Van Stam, Writing and Communications Advisor, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, STEM Specialist, University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and learn how to target potential audiences for your message
  • Craft impactful and interesting messages that resonates with your audience
  • Avoid elements that reduce clarity (e.g., abstractions, long subjects, using the passive voice, etc.)
  • Recognize and eliminate jargon and acronyms in your writing

Who should take this training:  Faculty and students who are interested in sharing their science with groups and individuals outside of the academic sector.


Registration is required. Please register using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the WaterLeadership Training Courses are only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of modules.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Julie Grant (j26grant@uwaterloo.ca) 

Registration is now closed.