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BECOMING A 
KIND SCIENTIST

Lifelong skills for health science students

 

ABOUT

What is Kindness in Science?

Here as Kind Scientists, we are driven by a single goal; to improve the global research environment and create a culture of acceptance, inclusivity, equity, and kindness within and between research groups.

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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KINDNESS TO YOURSELF

Our goal is to promote the importance of mental health and well-being in HDR students and provide workshops and strategies that support self-care and resilience.

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KINDNESS TO THE PUBLIC

We strive to address the disconnect between scientists and the general public by providing the tools to learn new skills to promote effective scientific communication.

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KINDNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

We aim to define equity, equality, diversity and inclusivity in science and how these can be improved at the level of HDR students.

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KINDNESS TO THE ENVIRONMENT

As Kind Scientists, we are dedicated to step up our efforts in addressing the climate change issue. Here, our aim is to understand the importance of sustainability in science and how we can implement strategies to improve waste reduction in the scientific community.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Kindness to other Scientists: Equity and diversity panel
    24 Jun, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm AWST
    McCusker Auditorium, 6 Verdun St, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
    Striving for diversity, inclusivity and equity in the science world. What should we do as researchers to address these issues?
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  • Support and strategies for stress: Surviving your science journey
    07 Jul, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    G24 seminar room Harry Perkins, 6 Verdun St, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
    Let's end with the mental health stigma that surrounds your science journey! Learn about available support and strategies to manage stress.
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  • Free Yoga! Kindness to Yourself
    Every Tue/Thur @17:00 commencing 16th March
    612a Harry Perkins
    Every Tue/Thur @17:00 commencing 16th March
    612a Harry Perkins, 6 Verdun St, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
    Come to exercise, relax and forget about daily stress with these free yoga lessons at Harry Perkins. Offered to UWA HDR students!
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CALENDAR:
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

March - June 2021

March 5th, 2021

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

WHAT IS KINDNESS IN SCIENCE?

Facilitator: Gina Ravenscroft

Where: G24 Harry Perkins Institute

What is required to become a kind scientist? Introduction to the kindness in science program and morning tea afterwards.

Every Tue/Thur @17:00, from 16th March - 6th May

KINDNESS TO YOURSELF: FREE YOGA LESSONS!

Where: 612a Harry Perkins Institute

Come to exercise, relax and forget about daily stress with these free yoga lessons at Harry Perkins. Offered to UWA HDR students!

No fitness level or previous experience is required!

IMPORTANT: Please register to all the sessions that you intend to attend.

March 24th, 2021
15:30 - 17:30

KINDNESS TO THE ENVIRONMENT: SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE

Facilitator: Nikoline Borgermann (Ava Sustain)
ONLINE WEBINAR & INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

Interactive webinar to learn more about: 
1) The worst offenders in terms of equipment and habits that contribute to the high environmental impact of bioscience lab work
2) The top 5 high-impact green actions that you can take in the lab without compromising research
3) The many good arguments for going green which you can give you boss and colleagues if they are not already digging the green lab agenda

April 12th, 2021
9:30 - 11:00
Followed by morning tea

KINDNESS TO THE COMMUNITY: ORAL COMMUNICATION

Facilitator: Cassie Paxman

Where: G24 room, Harry Perkins


Science communication mini series!


Oral communication skills including explaining your research in an ‘elevator pitch’, use of analogies, how to answer prickly questions in a way that is kind but also informative.

April 19th, 2021
9:30 - 11:00
Followed by morning tea

KINDNESS TO THE COMMUNITY: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

Facilitator: Cassie Paxman

Where: G24 room, Harry Perkins

Science communication mini series!


Written communication skills including explaining your research in lay words, building your personal brand or showing your research in social media.

May 4th, 2021
10:00 - 11:00
Followed by morning tea

KINDNESS TO THE COMMUNITY: VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Facilitator: Cassie Paxman

​Where: G24 room, Harry Perkins

Science communication mini series!


Visual communication such as posters, infographics, diagrams. What should we use and what we shouldn't when presenting images of our research.

June 2nd, 2021

KINDNESS TO THE COMMUNITY: MEDIA COMMUNICATION

Facilitator: Miriam Borthwick

Where: Harry Perkins Institute, G24 seminar room

Learn how to get your research in the media!


Learn what journalists need from you, how to perform well in interviews, and overcome your fears of talking to the media.

July 7th, 2021

SUPPORT AND STRATEGIES FOR STRESS: SURVIVING THE SCIENCE JOURNEY


Facilitator: Dr John Terry - UWA Medical Centre

Where: Harry Perkins Institute, G24 seminar room

What is stress? Defining mental health in academia.

Strategies to avoid the tipping point – recognising the difference between good and bad stress.

Strategies to deal with stress as an academic researcher yourself and how to support other academics in your lab group

June 8th, 2021
15:00 - 16:00

KINDNESS TO YOURSELF: MENTAL HEALTH IN ACADEMIA & HOW WE CAN MANAGE IT

Facilitator: Dr Zoe Ayres

ONLINE WEBINAR

Let's increase the awareness of mental health issues related to academia and reducing the stigma:

- Mental health during your PhD (Honours and Masters included)

- How to be kinder to ourselves

- Build a kinder community by improving mental health.

June 24th, 2021
16:00 - 17:30
Followed by a sundowner

KINDNESS TO OTHER SCIENTISTS: EQUITY AND DIVERSITY PANEL

Where: Harry Perkins Institute (TBC)

Striving for diversity, inclusivity and equity in the science world. What should we do as researchers to address these issues?

Hear and learn from 5 expert scientists talking their different academic journeys while advocating for kindness, equity, and gender diversity in science.

This discussion aims to present words of advice for scientists to improve diversity and equity in science in the future followed by a Q&A session and a sundowner.

 

CONTACT KIND SCIENTISTS

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research,
NCARD lab:  Level 5 
6 Verdun St, Nedlands 6009

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