MES presents our popular range of seminars covering our whole range of content in a 50-minute seminar format. Seminars can also be created bespoke for institutions to meet their specific requirements. Seminars can be presented to an audience of any size at the choosing of the client. 

And we are proud to present two new seminars for 2019! Scroll down to find out more about Research Communication made easy presented by Andy Stapleton and Animations and Graphics presented by Tullio Rossi.


A key feature of MES seminars is that they can be presented remotely to multiple locations simultaneously using video conferencing technology. This avoids incurring additional expenses for travel and accommodation and means a single presentation can be made to several campuses simultaneously. But, of course, they can be delivered in person if preferred!


Our seminars are engaging presentations and they are backed up by the annotated presentation notes made available to attendees. Attendees will also be eligible to join the MES Alumni and enjoy on-going benefits and support from MES.

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Research Communication made easy

With Andy Stapleton

Promoting your latest research can sometimes be overwhelming, maybe you don’t know where to start or you’d just prefer to get back to the lab.


This workshop will cover the fundamentals of crafting an engaging research story and the online tools that allow you to easily create engaging videos and audio that can boost the reach of your work.


You will learn

- How to craft an engaging story using a simple template.

- How to capture that story in video and audio using free online tools.

- How to package your research message for maximum impact. 

NEW for 2019!

Animations and Graphics for Researchers

With Tullio Rossi

Videography and photography are important skills for the modern researcher. But what if your research subject is something you cannot film? A virus? A current? An abstract concept? Here is where animations and graphics become really useful!


In this seminar, Dr. Tullio Rossi will teach you how to effectively communicate your message and promote your research through animations and graphics - no graphic design skills required.


What you will learn:

- How to create a whiteboard animation

- How to create a graphical abstract

- How to design an award-winning poster

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If it was not from the words of wisdom from Paul Willis about using social media I doubt that I would have been given this employment opportunity. My mind is still spinning in terms of how I got the job.

Matthew Pearson

PhD student

University of Adelaide

Creating Impact for Research through Social Media

With the release of the ARC assessment of Engagement and Impact in 2017, everyone is exploring how to create impact for their research.


Researchers are now able to create impact for their research through outreach and engagement and that is exactly what Media Engagement Services teaches in our seminar Creating Impact for Research Through Social Media.


In this seminar MES will explain their unique strategy to generate impact through the creative use of social media by researchers.


Creating Impact for Research Through Social Media covers:

  • How to set up a social media network to create impact for research

  • How to identify potential end-users for a network and how to include them 

  • How to attract new, unknown potential end-users to a network

  • How to conduct a network to keep potential end-users engaged with the research


This is a seminar that every researcher from any discipline must see if they want to maximise impact for their research. 

Social Media Networks for Researchers

Social media is the most effective tool available to the researcher to tell the stories of their research. 


But all too often researchers shy away from social media because they see it as a distraction from their research work. This fear is compounded when social media gurus suggest that hours per week need to be devoted to each platform to make them effective.

At MES we have come up with a different approach to social media specifically tailored to the needs of researchers and recognising the restrictions on their time and resources.


In this seminar MES will explain why social media is so important for researchers and how to create a social media network that tells the story of their research.


Social Media for Researchers covers:

  • What is a social media network and why do you need one? 

  • How to set up your social media network

  • What platforms to include in your social media network

  • How to run a social network to tell your story


This seminar is a must for any researcher that wants to tell the story of their research to the world! 

This seminar builds on Creating Impacts for Researchers

After discussing what we wanted to achieve, MES were able to offer a tailored program that suited our needs and budget. Paul is an engaging presenter who knows his stuff and understands what is achievable in the research environment. The sessions were entertaining and informative, and the strategies were realistic for our researchers to follow.

Dr Kelly Banwell

Research Support Officer

Faculty of Sciences


Social Media Platforms for Researchers

There is a huge range of social media platforms and other online sites that researchers can use to tell their research stories.

In this seminar we have a look at many different social media platforms and how a researcher can best use each one within their communications network. We also cover several sites that will take content (blogs, podcasts and videos) from researchers and distribute them to large audiences.


Social Media Platforms for Researchers covers:

  • Introduction to over a dozen social media platforms 

  • How a researcher can use each platform to tell their stories

  • Other online sites that want to hear your stories

  • How to network these platforms and sites most effectively


This seminar will introduce any researcher to a catalogue of sites and platforms, many of which they may never have heard of before! 

This seminar builds on Social Media Networks for Researchers

Easy Digital Photography for Researchers

The key to a successful feed on most social media platforms is lots of eye -catching images. The better the images you have on your feed, the more likely your audience will engage with your content.

And now it's easy to take great images with your mobile phone as well as improve them with various apps and tools to create the kinds of images that will make your feed stand out above all others!


Easy Digital Photography for Researchers covers:

  • The basic theories of image creation

  • How to use the camera in your mobile phone

  • How to improve the images you create

  • How to use your images in your feed


Creating great images is easy, if you know how. In this seminar, you will get that know-how!

Easy Blogging for Researchers

Blogging is the easiest format for researchers when it comes to creating great content that tells their research stories. Most researchers have 90% of the skills needed to write an engaging blog. MES can show you that other 10% and demonstrate a quick and easy way to generate a blog without typing!

Easy Blogging for Researchers covers:

  • The differences between popular and academic writing

  • The rules, tips and tricks for writing an engaging blog

  • How to generate a blog quickly

  • What to do with your blog to get maximum exposure and reach


Blog writing is an easy way to communicate your research and writing a blog is now simpler than ever!

MES’s seminar on Creating Impact for Research through Social Media Engagement attracted a lot of interest across the university. Paul was open to delivering his workshop online, which is essential for our dispersed campuses. The session was lively, practical and a great motivator for researchers wanting to engage with social media. Participants were all eager to learn more from MES.

Dr Alison Matthews

Manager, Research Professional Development

Research Office

Charles Sturt University

Easy Podcasting for Researchers

With little more than your mobile phone you can become a radio-for-online production and broadcast powerhouse! Podcasts are a powerful way to access audiences that are often overlooked by researchers. But making podcasts is simple and fun! All you need is the know-how, and that's what MES provide!

Easy Podcasting for Researchers covers:

  • The types of podcasts

  • How to produce a podcast

  • Basic voice training to increase the power of you voice

  • What to do with your podcast to get maximum exposure and reach


Podcasting allows you to literally talk directly to your audience - there is no better way to engage them!

Easy Vodcasting for Researchers

With just two key shots, you can create a vodcast - a simple video production that tells part of your research story. Little extra equipment is needed beyond your mobile phone and a couple of apps. After this seminar you will be able to create simple vodcasts on the go - recording, editing and publishing on the same device and on the same day!

Easy Vodcasting for Researchers covers:

  • A simple vodcast

  • Two key shots and how to take them

  • Editing video on your phone

  • What to do with your vodcast to get maximum exposure and reach


Vodcasting is an increasingly popular way of telling the world about your research!!

Video Production for Researchers

Building on the skills learnt in the vodcasting seminar, here you will learn new shots and editing techniques that will allow you to create video documentaries featuring your research. More equipment is required to improve the quality of your video productions but your phone is still the key to great video productions!

Video Production for Researchers covers:

  • The types of video documentaries

  • Key shots for video productions

  • Desktop video editing

  • Where to place your video productions


Everyone is getting into video production. Why don't you include video as part of your outreach and engagement?