January 27, 2022: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Alex Walls and Nivi Thatra

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Please email communications@ires.ubc.ca for video.


Science communication to a lay audience


Help improve the reach of your research! Communicating your work to a wider audience can help inform policy and society, and maybe change the world. Join IRES for this free workshop, which will cover how to identify the key message in your research. You’ll learn how these key messages are essential for writing lay abstract for a research topic and preparing for an interview with a journalist about a research topic. We invite you to bring a research topic or paper on which to practice your newfound skills.

Alex Walls and Nivi Thatra

Alex Walls: Media Relations Specialist, UBC Media Relations

Alex Walls is a media relations specialist at UBC supporting the Faculty of Science, Peter A. Allard School of Law and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Prior to her time with Media Relations, Alex worked as a communications specialist at the Language Sciences Institute and the School of Population and Public Health. Alex came to UBC in 2015 from a journalism background, having covered primarily technology, pharmacy and travel for publications in New Zealand, England and Australia.

Nivi Thatra: Communications Manager, IRES 

Nivi is a communicator with a scientific sense of curiosity. After 10 years learning about and working in neuroscience, Nivi now broadens the reach of academic research at IRES by writing, posting, and sharing the department’s interdisciplinary efforts towards a more sustainable future.