Digital Skills Workshops are Back!

This Spring, register for one of the free two-day workshops prepared by the Direction of Studies and the Library, open to all students of the Graduate Institute (Master & PhD). Here is a quick peek at what is in store for the next few months. For any questions regarding registration to the workshops, please contact : emma.cranfield@graduateinstitute.ch

Blogging & Social Media Presence : Being Real, an Introduction (Stephanie Booth, 4h)

Blogs and social media are not just marketing or communication platforms. They are online social spaces in which authentic personal connections can thrive. This session will help you understand where the social tools of today come from and how they can help you be your best self online, strengthen your network and online presence, and be a key player in creating or contributing to vibrant online communities.  

Stephanie Booth is an authority in digital transformation, particularly the impact of online social tools on the world we live in at large. As a blogging and social media pioneer who has been active in the “social web” for the past 20 years, focusing on personal online presence, she has witnessed the early days of blogging, the arrival of Twitter and Facebook, the birth of hashtags, the explosion of digital platforms, their mainstream acceptance, and takeover by corporate and ideological interests.

This workshop will take place on Saturday 22 February, 13:00-16.30


Branding without a Designer: Building Compelling Visual Presentations with Online Tools (Camille Bossel, 4h)

Have you ever felt your CV lacks personality or your presentation feels a bit bland? Do you keep bugging your designer friend to help you out? Well, it’s probably time to learn a few tips and tricks about design. Through this introductory session, you’ll learn what branding and visual identity is all about; you’ll discover basic graphic design concepts and how to utilize online tools to make your academic documents and presentations stand out from the pile.

With a background in Interactive Media Design, Camille Bossel is currently the head of operations (COO) at FoodHack: a network for food-tech entrepreneurs. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, she is also a managing partner at OneRoof Agency, working with companies in the food, tech, sustainability and environmental fields through events, branding, startup engagement and market insights.

This workshop will take place on Saturday 29 February 2019, 9:00-12:30


Media and Presenting Skills Workshops (Claire Doole, 8 h)

Talking to the media and speaking in public is a skill not a talent. Everyone can learn to speak with confidence and impact by learning and using a few golden rules. It is about planning, preparation and practise – like all soft skills the more you do it – the better you become. The workshop is interactive and  participatory. These workshops appeal to those who like to learn by doing, as well as reflect and analyze best practice. Participants will receive feedback from their peers and from the trainer.

Claire Doole is a former BBC journalist, UN spokeswoman, and actress. She has trained hundreds of people in how to talk to the media and present with impact.

This workshop  will take place on Saturday 7 March, please register for each part separately if you wish to participate in the whole workshop.

  • Part 1: “Presenting with Impact”, (limited to 15 participants), 9h00-12h30, room S2
  • Part 2: “Talking to the Media – getting your message across“, (limited to 15 participants), 13h30-17h00

Distinguish Yourself by your Researcher Profile (Linda Leger & Isabelle Vuillemin-Raval, 1h45)

For the past few decades we have been living with the concept of “publish or perish”, which expresses the pressure academics have to publish.  But now, we know that when a researcher has published, it doesn’t mean their job is done. With more publications available online, scholars have to work on their visibility. The creation of online researcher profiles is a good way to achieve it.

The goal of this workshop is to help you evaluate which platform corresponds to your needs, and to help you understand their impact and the opportunities they offer. We will discuss ORCID, Kudos, Google Scholar Citation profile, Academia, ResearchGate and SSRN author profile.

This workshop will be given by Linda Leger  (reference librarian at The Graduate Institute, in charge of the Development and Environment collection) and Isabelle Vuillemin-Raval (reference librarian at The Graduate Institute, in charge of the Sociology and Anthropology collection).  They work together on bibliometrics and research dissemination tools.

This workshop will take place on Thursday 12 March, 12h15-14h


Organising a Successful Online Event (Yan Luong, 4h)

Technology provides more than just the ‘wow’ factor at events. It streamlines operations, allows you to do more in less time, and helps facilitate connections among attendees. Do you know how to develop an online event (webconference, webinar, online debate, etc.) strategy? During the “Organising a successful online event” workshop, you’ll learn how to define your channels according to your audience(s) and how to communicate and organise processes pre and post event. You’ll also see what are the available applications which will enable you to engage with your attendees and fellow conference participants.

Yan Luong is a self-confessed geek who helps organisations navigate the high seas of digital and social media. He has held Social Media and Digital Communications Management positions at Montreux Jazz Festival, Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), helping those institutions grasp and leverage the opportunities related to digital communication, mediation and engagement. Since 2016 he is a digital communications and community engagement consultant. He has been developing digital strategies and change management programmes for the likes of the Culture Department of Canton Wallis, the Information and Communication Office of Canton Vaud, the Swiss Foundation for the Arts (Pro Helvetia) or the Young Activists Summit (RTS / UN / Dev.tv). Yan Luong is also a lecturer on digital communications and social media management at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève (HEG Geneva) and Institut Suisse de Relations Publiques (SPRI).

This workshop will take place on Saturday 4 April, 13h-16h30


For any questions regarding registration to the workshops, please contact : emma.cranfield@graduateinstitute.ch

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