Introduction to writing for The Conversation

This introductory session is suitable for Social Sciences and Humanities researchers at all career stages.

If you are in an academic career, or if you're looking to pursue one, communicating your research to a range of audiences is going to be an important part of what you do. The Conversation is a platform for academics aimed at encouraging exactly this. Oxford is a member of The Conversation and as such receives regular opportunities for researchers across the University to contribute articles and to take part in hands-on training to enhance writing and engagement skills.

The session will cover the following areas:

  • What is The Conversation, its origins and aims; what it does and why
  • How editors from The Conversation work with academics
  • How The Conversation is different to other media organisations
  • The benefits of membership of The Conversation for academics and universities
  • Q&A session, including: 
    • Approval and disclosure
    • Editorial support
    • Republication in major media outlets
    • Wide international audience
    • Academics as experts in their field, not restricted to writing only about their own research


  • Understand the process of having your writing published by The Conversation
  • Know how to write about your research in an engaging, concise way
  • Understand the aims and target audience of The Conversation

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