Talking about your research
Talking to the public about your work can be a hugely rewarding part of being a researcher.
It is also incredibly important to help raise awareness about dementia and the huge need for more research funding. We would encourage all of the scientists we fund to talk about their work and get involved with events in their local community.
There are lots of ways we can help you to promote your research and in turn, you can help us promote the need for more vital funds for research.
Here are a few ways you can help spread the word:
Publishing a paper?
Alzheimer’s Research UK is entirely reliant on public donations to fund our research. In order to keep funding research, we need to ensure that the general public recognises our name and the work we do. One way of doing this is via the media. If you have submitted a paper for publication based on work done with Alzheimer’s Research UK funding, please let the Press team know. The earlier we know about it, the more likely we are to be able to help promote it in regional (and sometimes national) news and ensure the findings are clearly communicated.
Take a look at some of our most recent news stories.
We also have a handy guide about ‘Talking to the Media’, with hints and tips to help you explain your research simply.
The press isn’t the only outlet to communicate your work; our popular Dementia Blog is the perfect place to talk about your findings and our donors love to know about the progress being made by the researchers they fund. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk through any potential opportunities.
Hosting a lab tour
Our supporters are always keen to see for themselves the progress being made by the researchers they fund and lab tours are the perfect opportunity; what may seem like a day to day lab task for you, is a fascinating insight into dementia research for someone else. If you are willing to host a lab tour for supporters or MPs, we would love to hear from you. It only takes a couple of hours of your time but will make a huge difference to those whose generosity is supporting your research.
Talking at events
We are often asked for speakers to attend fundraising events, open days and cheque collections to represent Alzheimer’s Research UK and give short talks about research and the progress being made. If you would be willing to help out at events in your local area, please let us know. Your local Network Centre will hold an annual public meeting, so please get in touch with your local Network Co-ordinator to find out how you can get involved.
Science festivals are a fantastic and fun way to try your hand at communicating your research to a lay audience. Please get in touch if you’d like to help Alzheimer’s Research UK at science festivals near you.
Whenever you talk to the public about your work, we can provide a range of resources to help you. From illustrations and animations to slide sets of key dementia statistics. Just drop us a line at email@example.com or 0300 111 5 666.