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Dr. Melanie Niese

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Nature Masterclasses

 

Nature Masterclasses

 

The Graduate Academy offers online courses developed by Nature Research. We have an institutional subscription to Nature Masterclasses. If you are a member of Heidelberg University, this subscription grants you access to all currently available online courses on the Nature Masterclasses platform Externer Inhalt.

Make the most of our subscription! Please find all details about the course contents and how to get access to them by clicking on the course you are interested in

 

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  • Through the Graduate Academy’s subscription, you have access to all Nature Masterclasses online courses.
  • To start using a course, simply register on the Nature Masterclasses websitehttps://masterclasses.nature.com/register
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Course overview

 

 

Scientific Writing and Publishing – Learn how to write and publish a great paper

Introduction

The course Scientific Writing and Publishing is taught by editors from the Nature Research journals and covers the entire scientific publishing process – from writing a paper to publication.

About the course

  • Taught by 36 editors from the Nature Research journals
  • Bitesize lessons that fit around your work — log in and learn in 10 minutes!
  • Receive a certificate when you complete each course-part

Course contents

The course is broken into 3 parts:

  1. Part 1: Writing a research paper
    How to write clearly, write a great title and abstract, and structure your paper — as well as how to manage and present your data. Go to Part 1
  2. Part 2: Publishing a research paper
    How to select a journal for publication, submit your article, and navigate the editorial process — including how to write cover letters, the peer review process, and editorial decisions. Go to Part 2
  3. Part 3: Writing and publishing a review paper
    What makes a great review paper, how to plan and write a review, and how to referee a review paper. Go to Part 3

Effective Collaboration in Research – Learn how to join, set up and lead collaborative projects

Introduction

The course Effective Collaboration in Research is taught by experts in collaboration including researchers, funders, editors and professionals

About the course

  • Taught by 17 experts in collaboration including researchers, funders, editors and professionals
  • Bitesize lessons that fit around your work — log in and learn in 10 minutes!
  • Receive a certificate when you complete each course part

Course contents

The course is broken into 3 parts:

  1. Part 1: Introducing collaboration
    The rise of and different types of collaborations, benefits and challenges, working with industry and how collaboration fits with your research and career goals. Go to Part 1
  2. Part 2: Participating in a collaboration
    Working in a research team, keeping projects on track, choosing collaboration tools, leveraging experiences and troubleshooting tips for new collaborators. Go to Part 2
  3. Part 3: Leading a collaboration
    Effective leadership, setting up a collaboration framework, maintaining engagement and establishing a code of conduct and many more. Go to Part 3

Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential – Learn how to develop your data management skills or mentor others through the process

Introduction

The course Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience in research data management

About the course

  • 4-module course with a course certificate
  • 10 experts in data management including researchers, funders, data publishing and institutional data management specialists
  • 4-5 hours of learning
  • 15-minute lessons

Course contents

The course is broken into 4 parts:

  1. Part 1: Welcome and introduction
    How this course defines ‘data’, ‘data management’ and ‘data sharing’; the benefits of data management to you and the research community; what data management policies might apply to your research.
  2. Part 2: Creating and maintaining your data management plan
    Why data management plans are useful, what a data management plan looks like, how to create a data management plan for your research, what further information you will need to complete your data management plan.
  3. Part 3: Managing data in the short and long term
    Why organising and storing data properly is important, what to think about when securely storing your data, how to organise your data to be easily accessible and understandable to yourself and others, how to assure the quality of the data you are storing, how to choose and store the data that you need to keep long-term.
  4. Part 4: Sharing your data
    How to evaluate when, how and why data sharing will take place on your project; what others will need in order to understand your data, what is meant by making your data ‘FAIR’, how to select a suitable repository and prepare your data to be deposited there, what are the key questions and options for deciding terms of use for your data.

Narrative Tools for Researchers – Learn how to communicate your research more effectively

Introduction

The course Narrative Tools for Researchers has been developed by a panel of experts with experience in:

  • Academic research into the role of narrative tools in science communication
  • Science journalism
  • Training scientists in communicating through storytelling techniques
  • Sharing their own research through compelling stories and papers.

About the course

  • 3-module course with a course certificate
  • 10 experts in using narrative techniques in scientific communication, including researchers, Nature editors and science journalists
  • 3-4 hours of learning
  • 15-minute lessons
  • English language subtitles and transcripts

Course contents

The course is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Part 1: Why use a story?
    How narrative techniques can help you effectively communicate your research; how using narrative techniques can help you to advance your research and career; why stories are such a powerful tool for communication; the elements and structures that comprise stories.
  2. Part 2: Building your story
    Identify your key message; show how your evidence supports your key message in a concise and convincing way; create the underlying structure for your story; identify and develop the main character(s) for your story; use useful techniques to help your audience follow your story.
  3. Part 3: Refining your story
    Identify your different audiences and understand their expectations; tailor your story to your audience; develop your story within certain constraints; ask for feedback and edit your story.

Focus on Peer Review – Learn about the importance and responsibilities of peer reviewers and how to prepare a peer review report

Introduction

The course Focus on Peer Review provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of peer review by editors and reviewers.

About the course

  • 3-4 hours of learning
  • 11 editors from Nature Research journals and two active researchers
  • 10-minute lessons
  • English language captions and transcripts

Course contents

The course is divided into four parts:

  1. Module 1: Your role as a peer reviewer
    Express the importance of peer review in the scientific process; understand the role of the peer reviewer and what is expected of you once you accept a peer review assignment; recognise when it is and isn’t appropriate to agree to peer review.
  2. Module 2: The peer review report
    Develop a strategy to perform peer review in an efficient and thorough way; recognise which aspects of a paper you should review and what to look out for in each section; identify the appropriate tone and construction for your report.
  3. Module 3: Ethics in peer review
    Outline your responsibilities as a peer reviewer; recognise and respond to conflicts of interest; recognise acceptable confidentiality practices.
  4. Module 4: Variations and innovations in peer review
    Identify and explain the types of peer review that are in common usage; describe and evaluate different initiatives to keep peer review open and honest; consider variations across journals and disciplines.

Persuasive Grant Writing – Learn to use narrative tools to improve the quality of your grant applications

Introduction

The course Persuasive Grant Writing contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience in grant writing.

About the course

  • 3-module course with a course certificate
  • 9 experts in grant writing including researchers, program officers from funding bodies and the Chief Editor of the Nature Research Editing Service
  • 3.5 hours of learning
  • 15-minute lessons
  • English language subtitles and transcripts

Course contents

The course is divided into three parts:

  1. Part 1: Before starting your grant application
    To recognise common reasons why many grant applications are not funded; the benefits of using narrative tools to enhance the quality of your grant application; what the different sections of a grant application and their respective purposes are.
  2. Part 2: Targeting your audience
    About the benefits of researching your funder and who reviews your grant application; how to research your funder’s requirements and objectives and how to examine your reviewers, their time commitment and the criteria they use to review your application; align your research question and project with your funder’s objectives to create a key message for your proposal.
  3. Part 3: Refining your story
    How to select information that will accurately, concisely and effectively support your key message throughout your grant application; how characters make your grant application more informative and persuasive; how to plan a narrative for the different sections of your grant application; tips to help ensure you use your storytelling techniques consistently.

Networking for Researchers – Improve your networking skills, or mentor others through the networking process

Introduction

The course Networking for Researchers contains insights from experts with wide-ranging experience in networking.

About the course

  • 4-module course with a course certificate
  • 10 experts in networking including researchers, experienced academic networkers, fellows, networking consultants and communications specialists
  • 3-4 hours of learning
  • 15-minute lessons
  • English language subtitles and transcripts

Course contents

The course is divided into four parts:

  1. Part 1: Why network?
    Identify your key networking challenges; Understand the theory behind networking, and what that means for you; determine your key purpose(s) for building an effective network; Identify opportunities to grow your network in order to achieve your goals.
  2. Part 2: Getting ready to network
    Define your professional identity; communicate your identity to others through your online presence; identify the most appropriate people to contact, and gather information that will help you approach them successfully; prepare your ‘pitch’; consider the kinds of questions you can prepare in advance of your first meeting.
  3. Part 3: Connect with new networking contacts - in person and online
    Approach potential network contacts, whether in person or online; manage initial meetings, whether in person or online; interact with networking contacts on social media platforms; Approach chance encounters with networking contacts.
  4. Part 4: Nurturing and harnessing the power of your network
    Follow up on your initial interactions and chase responses in an appropriate manner; respond to both positive and negative outcomes in a constructive way; maintain and deepen existing connections through regular contact that is built into your daily routine; review and harness the evolving power of your network to help you deliver on current and future goal.

Advancing Your Scientific Presentations – Lean to improve the quality of your scientific presentations

Introduction

The course Advancing Your Scientific Presentations benefits from the insights from experts with a wide range of experience, including:

  • Delivering compelling presentations to audiences of scientific peers
  • Using narrative techniques when communicating research
  • Designing slide decks to support and enhance presentation
  • Training researchers how to deliver scientific presentations in a clear and engaging manner.

About the course

  • 4-module course with a course certificate
  • 10 experts in scientific presentations including researchers and professionals such as the Editor in Chief of Nature who excel at presenting their work, renowned presentation designers & trainers and experts in narrative tools
  • 7-8 hours of learning
  • 15-minute lessons
  • English language subtitles and transcripts

Course contents

The course is divided into four parts:

  1. Part 1: Overcoming your research presentation challenges
    Identify the benefits and challenges of developing and delivering effective presentations to communicate your research; understand how tailoring each presentation to align with its purpose and audience can help improve your presentations and avoid common pitfalls; understand the benefits of using narrative techniques to develop effective presentations to communicate your research.
  2. Part 2: Developing the story behind your talk
    Identify the key message you want to communicate through your presentation; select the evidence that will accurately, concisely and effectively illustrate your key message throughout your presentation; identify the ‘characters’ that will drive the action in your presentation; select the most suitable structure for your presentation; combine your audience, key message, evidence, characters and structure to create the story for your presentation.
  3. Part 3: Building an engaging slide deck
    Create an outline of your slide deck to help you structure your presentation in line with your research story and common constraints; select an appropriate presentation program and template to set up a slide deck; develop clear and effective components to communicate your research story; fine-tune your slide deck by adding wayfinding features, soliciting feedback and reviewing and revising the content as needed.
  4. Part 4: Preparing and navigating your talk
    Make use of tips to help you get technically and logistically prepared to effectively deliver your presentation on the day; apply strategies to help you prepare for your ‘performance’; communicate and interact with your audience in a professional and engaging manner; apply strategies to help you prepare for and manage the question and answer session after your presentation; identify strategies for managing difficult situations when delivering your presentation.
 
 

 

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