Practical Tips for Stepping Up Your Science Communications

CORBEL and EOSC-Life organise the webinar series "Engaging with your community through events and training". The series continues with a panel discussion between Caitlin Ahern (BBMRI-ERIC), Katri Ahlgren (ICOS ERIC), Stefan Swift (European Social Survey), and Luiza Fundatureanu (ZN Consulting).

Join us for an interactive discussion with science communicators who will share concrete examples and tips for improving your scientific communications – especially when budget and time resources are limited! The speakers come from a range of fields and will have plenty of time for Q&A and discussions.

This webinar includes an audience Q&A session during which attendees can ask questions and make suggestions. Please note that all webinars are recorded and available for posterior viewing.

This webinar took place on 19 March 2020 and is part of the CORBEL webinar series. It is best viewed in full screen mode using Google Chrome. The slides from this webinar can be downloaded from SlideShare here.

About the speaker...


Caitlin Ahern is the Communications Officer at BBMRI-ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure for biobanking and biomolecular resources. She is involved in several EU projects, such as CORBEL and EOSC-Life; for the latter she is work package co-lead for Outreach and Dissemination. Before joining BBMRI-ERIC in 2019, Caitlin spent over a decade as a self-employed communications specialist and German-English translator for the public and private sectors. In addition, she taught at Karl-Franzen’s University of Graz from 2015-2019. She holds a B.A. in political science and German from Barnard College/Columbia University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Danube University Krems.

Stefan Swift became the first Media and Communications Officer at the European Social Survey ERIC in April 2016. Initially brought in as part of a Horizon 2020 project aimed at increasing the number of participating countries, he has spent much of the past four years aiming to promote the data to a non-academic audience. The first round of the European Social Survey took place in 2002/03 and the majority of the 200 questions have been asked every two years since. Nine rounds of data - collected during more than 425,000 hour-long face-to-face interviews, conducted in 38 countries - is available for anyone to access and analyse. Before joining the European Social Survey, Stefan worked in public and private sector communications roles.

Katri Ahlgren, Head of Communications at ICOS ERIC. Katri has over 20 years of experience in managing various communications matters, projects and teams. Katri has a MSc. in Economics and Business Administration, majoring in Organizations and Strategy, and specializing in Communications. Before joining ICOS in 2017, she worked for 10 years in various communications management roles at Vaisala, a global leader in weather and industrial measurements. Before that, she worked at a sanitary ware company with brands such as Sphinx, Ido, and Keramag. In the context of ICOS, her key competences are understanding on how international organizations operate, strong skills in internal and external communications both in terms of digital and printed materials and strategies, and ability to create communications that support the realization of organization’s strategy.

Luiza Fundatureanu, Account Manager at ZN – the leading digital agency in Brussels, with a deep and proven understanding of communications. At ZN, she has conceived and implemented successful communication for many demanding clients, from European associations to major corporate customers, not forgetting the largest group in the European Parliament and the award-winning #DiscoverEU campaign. These successful campaigns, which were targeted at both policymakers and consumers, demonstrate her understanding of how to reach decision makers in the digital world.