Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Why's and How's of your Research (Panel and Workshop)

Date & Time

Thursday, February 16, 2023
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, UBC Public Humanities Hub

Registration Closed / Past Event


For academics, explaining the depth and complexity of your specialized research for those outside your discipline or for the general public can be challenging.  Being able to articulate your research for a broad audience is important for thriving as an academic, as it can help in crafting competitive grant applications, presenting at conferences, being interviewed on the radio, or writing peer-reviewed publications.  It can also help in writing compelling job applications, rocking your next job interviews, and excelling as a professional.  The panel will explore opportunities for honing research presentation capabilities through brief opening remarks and facilitated discussion/Q&A.  


12 - 1:15 pm: Panel Discussion

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Interactive key messaging workshop: Jacqui Brinkman from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be joined by Clare Hamilton-Eddy, director of UBC Media Relations. Clare’s team works with UBC's faculty members, helping them tell their stories and highlight their research in various media outlets. Jacqui Brinkman and Clare Hamilton-Eddy will walk participants through interactive activities and provide strategies and resources to guide them in drafting key messages for their research projects.


Moderator: Sydney Lines, PhD student in English, Public Scholar, and Project Manager, UBC Public Humanities Hub


Dr. Greg Garrard is a Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan. He is the author of Ecocriticism (3e, Routledge 2022) and numerous essays on animal studies and environmental criticism, and co-author of Climate Change Skepticism: A Transnational Ecocritical Analysis (Bloomsbury Academic 2019).

Dr. Heidi Tworek is a Canada Research Chair and associate professor of international history and public policy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is an award-winning researcher of media, history, health communications, international organizations, and platform governance. She directs the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. She co-edits the Journal of Global History.

Dr. Katrina Plamondon, Assistant Professor. Faculty of Health and Social Development, School of Nursing. UBC-Okanagan

Dr. Ori Tenenboim, Assistant Professor. School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. UBC-Vancouver.

Registration Information

General registration opens on Monday, February 6th, at 9 am.

This session is open to UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail us at

Please email us if you are registered and can no longer attend this event.


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.