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Lay Summaries: Going Public With Your Research (Part 1)

Lay summaries offer researchers opportunities to increase the visibility and accessibility of their research and thus invite public dialogue. As a way to promote community engagement, many open access journals, public policy institutes, and granting agencies require researchers to provide summaries of their studies for non-specialists. But how do scholars communicate specialized research to non-specialist audiences, and why?

In Part 1 of this evidence-based workshop series, facilitators introduce participants to some of the ways in which lay summaries differ from abstracts, the multiple purposes of lay summaries, and how lay summaries enhance communication with diverse publics. Participants will write or revise a draft lay summary (e.g., for a research article, graduate thesis, funding application), and receive feedback from the facilitators and participants.

This foundational workshop is designed for UBC Vancouver community members interested in community engagement, knowledge dissemination, and public dialogue. In Lay Summaries: Making Research Visible and Accessible (Part 2), participants continue to work with and build on these foundational concepts.

This two-part workshop series is offered in collaboration with UBC’s Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) and the Supporting Transparent & Open Research Engagement & Exchange (STOREE) research project.

Facilitators: Dr. Patty A Kelly, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
                     Aleha McCauley, Community Engagement Librarian, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Date & Time: Thursday, November 4, 2021: 10am – 12pm PT
Location: Irving K Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall), Level 3, Dodson Room

Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm
  Faculty     Graduate     Post-Doc     Staff  
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Writing  
Dr. Patty A Kelly, Aleha McCauley

Registration is required. There are 38 seats available.

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Dr. Patty A Kelly, Aleha McCauley

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