Ghent University Postdoc Community

Ghent University Postdoc Community is the inclusive community of and for all postdoctoral researchers at Ghent University.

The Postdoc Community is supported by the Career Development Office and its Postdoc Talent Management programme.

Our Aims

  • To create awareness and provide support for proactively developing your own career path
  • To connect you to other postdocs in order to build your network for now and in the future, within and outside academia

In addition, the Postdoc Community is acting as a resonance group on career issues and perspectives of postdoctoral researchers.

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The Impact of Science Communication


Why should we go through the effort of communicating our results to a broad public? Do you need some nice  examples to spice up that post-doc proposal?

In an world roamed by fake news, researchers should share their findings with the broader public. That responsibility, however, hangs in suspense between our lack of time and the specific skills needed in science communication but it is worth the effort.

This event touches upon various ways in which science communication can have an impact and introduces you to the WHY, HOW and WHO of public outreach. Expect to be inspired, establish contacts and take home important tools to weigh on popular opinion.



  • 09:30 – 10:00: Welcome and Coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Introduction by UGent Director of Marketing (Emmelien Werbrouck) - Scicomm initiatives at UGent
  • 10:15 – 10:45: Esther De Smet – Science communication as a career path, how to develop necessary skills during your post-doc
  • 10:45 – 11:15: Two post-docs on atypical ways of reaching out
  • 11:15 – 11:55: Stijn Baert in collaboration with a journalist (tbc) – How to establish contacts and deal with the press, write an opinion, …
  • 11:55 – 12:00: Wrap-up
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Sandwich lunch
When and where: Thursday May 23 from 09:30 to 13:00 in the Sint-Pietersabdij
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