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Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:32

Comms for researchers

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Did you know you can create really professional-looking icons, figures and infographics in PowerPoint? I discovered this for the first time during the EHPSA Communications workshop that we hosted for RRIF researchers in Johannesburg in early November 2017.

Now that EHPSA researchers are in the final stages of their studies they require a range of skills to disseminate and communicate their findings to appropriate audiences. The workshop was also attended by colleagues from the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa who had the opportunity to network with researchers and learn new skills.

A riveting session presented by Wits Reproductive Health Institute’s (WHRI) Elmari Briedenhann convinced us of the importance of infographics as a counter to information overload. As well as being easy to digest, and fun to make and share, research has shown that visuals are more accessible and persuasive than text alone.

A team of experts also gave researchers ideas and inspiration, as well as some basic skills on a wide range of topics - such as how to make a dissemination plan, engaging with the media, writing in plain English, writing policy briefs and social media.

Infographics presentation: Elmari Briedenhann, Wits RHI.pdf icon small View...

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