Cabot Communicators

Do you want to improve your writing skills? Would you like to learn how to convey complex environmental information into digestible outputs for the public? Why not join our Cabot Communicators group?

Who are we and what do we do?

We are a group of PhD and postdoc researchers from across the Cabot space, who are trained to write blogs, draft press releases and create content across multiple public platforms including web and print on behalf of the Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

What's in it for me?

Being a part of the Cabot Communicators group brings many benefits:

  • Gain free training in strategy, writing for different platforms and audiences and social media
  • Enhance your CV and professional image
  • Get constructive feedback in a supportive environment
  • Better promote your research and that of your research group
  • Meet world-leading environmental academics and individuals
  • Establish yourself as an authority in the environmental research communications space
  • Have access to media opportunities such as TV and radio interviews.

Training schedule

Our training is run annually so if you miss this training cohort you can attend next year.  Please note you need to be a committed member of the Cabot Communicators group in order to receive the training.

Communications training planned for 2021:

  • UoB press release training - January 2021
  • Zakiya Mckenzie nature writing and inclusivity
  • Special guest roundtable - tbc

Previous training sessions held:

  • Zakiya Mckenzie nature writing and inclusivity roundtable - June 2020
  • Writers retreat - 4 June 2020
  • Press release training - 3 October 2019
  • Katharine Hayhoe communications and outreach roundtable - 17 May 2019

How to apply

If you would like to join the group, please contact cabot-coordinator@bristol.ac.uk and we will send you an application form. We are particularly looking for PhDs and ECRs who conduct environmental research. Free training for the new intake starts January 2021. 

The Cabot Institute provided me with so many opportunities beyond a standard research degree which were invaluable to me in finding my new career in an energy and climate change think tank. I was able to attend so many amazing events such as panel discussions, lectures and discussion groups which broadened my thinking and gave me real-world perspective on my research. I was also able to get specialist training such as press release and writing training which I now use on a day-to-day basis in my new career.

Dr Keri McNamara, Communications Specialist, Clean Energy Canada

Working with Cabot has definitely launched me onto the exciting path of science communication, and whatever I do from here I know that I'll rely heavily on everything I've learned and the experience I've gained with you!

Dr Sarah Jose, Freelance science language editor and science writer

The writing skills that I developed have been invaluable in securing my job and for my day-to-day responsibilities.

Dr Frances Cartwright, Marketing Executive at Bioscientifica
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