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Outreach module

Outreach module

Outreach offers researchers at FAU a wide range of opportunities for making their research more relevant to science, business, society and politics.

Outreach at FAU can help you in each of the five central pathways of knowledge and technology transfer: from one mind to another, through training, via patents and licences, through cooperation and co-creation and via spin-offs

We are happy to be of assistance, either in person or via various transfer structures, formats and platforms. In addition, you can benefit from the expertise of the Communications and Press team for professional science communication. FAU members can collaboratively increase the effectiveness of their outreach activities by using the joint services, formats and platforms available across the University, while making an important contribution to the visibility and impact of FAU as a whole at the same time.

We can help you to seize the opportunities available to you by providing training in the outreach skills area. As part of FAUnext, we are currently offering two modules: O1 ‘Shape Your FAU Innovator Profile’ and O2 ‘Make Your Research Glow’.

Please register for the modules via StudOn.

Both outreach modules are held in English.

The coaches will get in touch with you directly before the module starts to pass on details about what will be covered in the modules and to let you know if there are any documents which you should submit beforehand.

The ‘Shape your FAU Innovator Profile’ module shows you how you can position and present yourself as a high-potential within and outside FAU. Your FAU innovator profile showcases your output to date and highlights everything that makes you a high-potential researcher. Before the workshop, you and all other participants will receive a one-page template for a profile, which you should complete and submit before the workshop starts. The profiles are subsequently forwarded to all participants so they can prepare for the workshop. The workshop itself involves an analysis, discussion and evaluation of how you are positioned in all the areas of relevance for high potentials and how you can focus, prioritise, and present this FAU innovator profile within and outside FAU. The aim of the module is to try and understand the potential of specific profiles in terms of outreach and to discover synergies with activities related to research, education and people at FAU.

The module is designed as a two-day workshop. Day 1 comprises four units of 90 minutes each. Day 2 focuses on your specific needs and helps you gather relevant experience by taking a ‘deep dive’ into an area at FAU derived from the analysis of your FAU innovator profile that will help you on your path as an FAU innovator.

Please note that the workshop does not take place on two consecutive days. The second day is arranged with you individually. Our workshop coaches will contact you directly.

Schedule day 1:

  1. Pitch your own FAU innovator profile.The day starts with selected participants pitching their personal FAU innovator profiles. The profiles are discussed and participants receive feedback. Participants try to understand the potential of specific profiles in terms of outreach and to discover synergies with activities related to research, education and people.
  2. Analyse the profiles of selected FAU innovatorsYou will analyse the profiles of some specified FAU innovators. You will discuss the resulting strengths and specific opportunities and will also evaluate threats and potential weaknesses. You will ultimately be able to assess the synergy potential of various areas of outreach in the context of research, education and people.
  3. Understanding the structures available for supporting FAU innovatorsThere’s always plenty of support available at FAU. There are a wide range of structures that support FAU researchers with their outreach activities. Here, you will become familiar with the support structures at FAU and will be able to identify the most promising structures for you.
  4. Receive professional feedback on your FAU innovator profileBased on the findings and discussions of the day, you will revise your FAU innovator profile, amend it to include synergies and support services and consider how you can help not only young researchers, but also students to get involved in public relations.

Schedule day 2:

The starting point for day 2 are the FAU innovator profiles revised and amended to include synergies and support services on day 1. The second day is a hands-on ‘deep dive’ into one of the FAU innovator activities, initiatives or platforms. You will be guided to select the area of outreach that best suits your innovator profile and that will help you move forward in the areas of most relevance to you.

Potential areas can be selected from the following list, but they are not limited to these FAU innovator activities, initiatives or platforms.

  • ZOLLHOF:Understanding the lives and work of FAU entrepreneurs in ZOLLHOF.
  • JOSEPHS:Understanding what’s behind citizen science and the activities at JOSEPHS – FAU’s open innovation lab in the heart of Nuremberg – and getting involved in a co-creation project.
  • d.hip:Learning how to become a jury member at a start-up pitch event or how to get involved with organising a hackathon.
  • FAU Academy:Understanding how innovative teaching and learning concepts are developed and launched on the market.
  • FAU Community:Finding out how active community management works and how a platform is actively managed.
  • FAU Events:Assisting with organising a conference or relevant workshop formats with FAU Events,
  • and much more!

Date: 28 May 2021

 

Location: Online (we will inform you in good time if the event can be held face-to-face).

In contrast to Module O1, Module O2 focuses on your research results and not on yourself as a person. You can either present your research interests as a whole or the specific current results of your research in a key visual (e.g. PowerPoint, Miro, Mural). Your research and its suitability for various outreach formats is discussed and analysed and you will receive feedback. You will attempt to understand the outreach potential of your research results and to discover suitable outreach formats for your research. In doing so, you will learn how to use FAU’s global network for your outreach activities.

The module is designed as a two-day workshop. Day 1 comprises four units of 90 minutes each. Day 2 focuses on gathering experiences with a ‘deep dive’, which will lead to initial specific results in terms of outreach and make your research glow!

Please note that the workshop does not take place on two consecutive days. The second day is arranged with you individually. Our workshop coaches will contact you directly.

Schedule day 1:

  1. Pitch your research: The day starts with selected participants pitching their current research results. The types of research results and their suitability for various outreach formats is discussed and feedback is given. You will attempt to understand the outreach potential of your research and to discover suitable outreach formats for it.
  2. Developing FAU Academy formats from your research: You will become familiar with how to present your research in a format suitable for use in the FAU Academy for lifelong learning. You will discuss the strengths and specific opportunities of various further education formats. You will understand the steps involved in tailoring research results into FAU Academy formats. At the end of the session, you will be able to identify the potential of your research results for FAU Academy formats and you will understand how you can collaborate with the FAU Academy team.
  3. Developing citizen science formats from your research: The focus here lies on transforming research into citizen science and co-creation formats for various stakeholders. You will become familiar with and understand various citizen science and co-creation formats. At the end of this session, you will be able to identify the outreach potential of your research results and understand how to use the JOSEPHS outreach platform at FAU.
  4. Use FAU’s global network for your outreach activities: Here, you will discover FAU’s international network and strategic partners in science, business and society. We will discuss how you can use FAU’s extensive network and how you can incorporate it into your own personal network. You will make preparations for drafting short individual or team sessions in which you will present your research in a digital online format to either (1) a target group of participants in further education or lifelong learning or (2) a target audience for citizen science/co-creation. Day 2 will focus on implementing this digital online session.

Schedule day 2:

You will spend day 2 with the amazing teams from FAU ILI, FAU TV or funklust to create videos or podcasts of your research results. The results of day 2 are tangible and success easily visible: Your ‘product’ is launched via FAU’s online channels and receives marketing support from the FAU social media and marketing team. In addition, you will produce an outreach gallery with the other participants that will enable you to view all your work. This means we will always remember you, your research and your fellow FAUnext participants. Welcome to the world of outreach!

Date: 4 June 2021

Location: Online (we will inform you in good time if the event can be held face-to-face).