Getting your Research in the Press (and quoted correctly)

Date & Time

Monday, 10 February 2020
09:30 to 13:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and UBC Media Relations

Registration Closed / Past Event


Workshop (9:30 – 11:30 am):

Do you want to see your work in the news? Do you have something to say about the stories you read in the newspaper, hear on the radio, or see on television?

This session will help you learn how to make your ideas and research accessible to a general audience, and provide you with simple tools to get your messages across effectively and efficiently.

The following topics will also be covered:

•    What makes news
•    Ways of engaging with the media
•    Interview tips and techniques
•    Key messages and bridging
•    Exercise: Develop three key messages of your own

WORKSHOP Facilitator:

The workshop will be led by Wan Yee Lok who works in media relations for UBC Media Relations, telling the stories of UBC's talented faculty, students and staff.

Expert Panel: (12 – 1 pm)

Dr. David Ng is a Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in various areas of science literacy, and is particularly engaged when the notions of science and art intersect.  He is the Director of the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory which functions as a science literacy centre within UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories.  His programs and research projects include those that look at communication, pedagogical, advocacy and journalistic perspectives of science topics and culture.  He also engages in science writing, having had pieces published in a variety of publications (Walrus, Scientific American, McSweeney's, MAKE magazine, etc); is an academic supervisor for the award winning radio documentary podcast, "Cited;" and is also one of the lead organizers for TEDxUBC.  More information about his lab can be found at
Dr. Serbulent Turan is a Political Scientist and the Public Scholarship Coordinator at the University of British Columbia. His work centers around the question of obedience to political authorities, social uprisings, and revolutions. A recipient of Killam Graduate Teaching Award and a UBC Faculty of Arts Top Instructor, Dr. Turan’s work has been covered by various media including CBC’s Ideas Around the Trenches, and others. He has also regularly appeared on numerous shows including CBC’s On The Coast, The Early Edition, and the Roundhouse Radio, as well as various podcasts such as Science-ish. As the Public Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Turan runs UBC's celebrated Public Scholars Initiative.
Dr. Wendy A. Hall is a Professor Emeritus in the UBC School of Nursing. She is the recipient of two UBC Killam Teaching Prizes, a Registered Nurses Association of BC award of excellence in Nursing Education and a College of Registered Nurses of BC award of excellence in Nursing Research. Dr. Hall received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Tenured) in 2016. She serves as a consultant to parents who are experiencing children’s sleep problems. Her program of research focuses on the transition to parenting including building parental capacity, particularly competence and confidence, and linking parental capacity to healthy child development, particularly in the area of sleep. She has developed behavioral interventions to assist parents to manage children’s sleep problems. Dr. Hall has also undertaken work in the area of childbirth fear and respectful maternity care. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Over the last 5 years, Dr. Hall has participated in 80 media interviews for television and radio broadcasting, newspapers and lay magazines, and websites. She has also been invited to write two pieces for the Conversation.


Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, January 27 at 9:00 am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days at the e-mail associated with your account. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.