Effective communication in integrative projects


  • R.J. Hobbs


Traditional scientific research training focuses on developing skills, knowledge and experience of the particular discipline in which the research is being undertaken. The move to inter- and transdisciplinary research means that further skills are required outwith the traditional disciplinary skill base. Central amongst those are improved communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of different people is often a key element in the success or otherwise of a research programme, but yet this ability is still relatively poorly covered in research-training programmes. In this chapter I outline why effective communication is becoming more important, and how communication can be improved, particularly in presentations.