Research in the media
How can you ensure that your research hits the headlines? How can you bring your research output, such as PhD research or a publication, to the attention of the public?
Spotlight on a publication
If you have published a book or an article in an academic journal, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible (after your work has been accepted) to discuss how to bring your publication to the attention of the public.
University news reaches the media through different channels: news articles on the University website, social media, the weekly newsletter and press releases. The scientific communication adviser will issue press releases as and when required.
The news team issues a press release before all inaugural lectures, making sure they contact the professor well in advance. This press release notifies journalists and the public of the inaugural lecture and tells the world about new expertise that the University now has in house.
Make sure you submit a short public summary of your dissertation (via an online form) at least four weeks before the date of the PhD ceremony. We will then include the summary in the announcement about your PhD ceremony on the university website. We will also decide whether we want to publicise the results of your PhD research among a wider audience, for example by posting a press release on the website and/or by alerting journalists. This depends on the newsworthiness of the research. Of course, we always do this in consultation with you.
NWO or EU grant
If you have been awarded an NWO or EU grant, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible to discuss how to bring this to the attention of the public.
Can journalists find you?
Make sure that your profile page is complete so that journalists who are looking for an expert to comment on current affairs can find you. This means using the right keywords in Dutch and English, to ensure you are found through the website and Google. You can also link related pages, such as news articles, agenda items, research projects, programme pages and dossiers. Contact your faculty’s communication department to edit your profile page.
We use research dossiers to draw attention to areas of research in which the University has a longstanding tradition and which tie in with current affairs. The deans of the faculties decide on the subjects of these dossiers.
How to spread your news
Do you have a publication coming up that could be interesting for a broad public? Or did you receive a prize of grant? Or do you have other interesting news to share? Then send it to the Faculty of Science news team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For submitting news, we kindly ask you to answer the question in the template. We will then discuss with you how to bring your publication to the attention of the public.