WaterLeadership | Sharing Science: Clear Language Writing

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:30 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, Emma Dunn from the UW Writing and Communication Centre.

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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 developing engaging and effective messages that spark interest and enthusiasm in your audience and using plain language to improve the accessibility and readability of your work.

Guest speaker:

  • Emma Dunn, University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to write with a purpose.
  • Craft impactful and interesting messages that resonates with your audience.
  • Communicate complex topics with clarity.
  • Recognize and eliminate jargon and acronyms in your writing.

Qualify for the WaterLeadership Certificate

A WaterLeadership certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend all four modules and complete the corresponding assignments. Each assignment is estimated to take between 60-90 minutes to complete.  If you are attempting to complete the certificate and are not available to attend one or more of the sessions in-person, please contact Nancy.Goucher@uwaterloo.ca to discuss alternative arrangements.

Students taking Water 602 in Fall 2023 who were present for Nancy Goucher’s guest lecture on September 20, 2023 may be exempt from this module. Contact Nancy.Goucher@uwaterloo.ca for more information.


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

Catered lunch will be provided.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of sessions and to register.

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 Nancy.goucher@uwaterloo.ca).