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The Conversation is a Creative Commons site – written by academics from universities across the world, content is free to read and free to republish.
The Conversation website features short articles of 600-800 words providing insight, analysis or comment on stories in the news. They can report on, or explain, new research or current affairs.
Writing for The Conversation will help you reach a wider audience, raising your profile along with the University’s. It can increase your research impact (handy for REF) and improve your skills at communicating with a non-academic audience.
Articles are republished by international outlets including The Guardian, Daily Mail, The New York Times, and IFLScience.
Nearly 12.5 million people have read articles by Queen's academics, with over 40% in American, 8% in Australia, as well as readers in India, Malaysia, across Africa and Europe. Articles were even read by people in Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna.
The Conversation opened my research to a global audience. Normally my writing is oriented to other academics – however conveying my research findings to the general public brought new perspectives to my work. This has driven my research in a new direction which I previously hadn’t considered. Dr Gerry Gormley
Senior Academic General Practitioner
Gerry's article has been read nearly 2 million people
The Conversation has a new long read section called "In Depth". With the help of the editorial team, academics can write a special 3,000 word article or you can discuss your piece in a video or podcast.
"Curious Kids" are articles aimed at the younger reader.
Taking science and news and making it fun is a great skill to master and a new way to get your research to the next generation.
I think The Conversation offers a fantastic platform allowing fun and facile collaboration with talented editors to engage with those outside of academia and affect impact. Dr Connor Bamford
Virologist, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute Experimental Medicine
Connor's Covid-19 articles have been read by over 925,000 people
The three latest articles written by Queen's academics
Date published - 22/09/2020
Author - Áine Aventin, Vice Chancellor's Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University BelfastRead article
Date published - 27/08/2020
Author - Don Duncan, Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, Queen's University BelfastRead article
Date published - 26/08/2020
Author - Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University BelfastRead article
My article on The Conversation was based on core themes in my book, which was published around the same time. It was an excellent way of showcasing my research within and beyond academia, and generating a wider debate on topic that affects everyone. Dr Heather Conway
School of Law
“Five laws about the dead” was read 600,000 times in a day
The daily call-out for a writer
The Expert Request is a daily call-out containing a handful of stories The Conversation's editorial team wish to cover but haven't identified a writer.
The expert request is a great opportunity for you to highlight the academic expertise at Queen's University.
These articles will be around 600-800 words. The researcher who can bring the most in-depth understanding of the topic, the most insightful analysis or the most original angle to the story will be the person they editors chose to write it. However, with over 65 member universities receiving the daily email, a speedy response is important to allow the Communications Office to pitch you as a potential writer.
If you are selected you will receive considerable support from the commissioning editor.
"Many academics at Conversation member institutions have been warning for years that Britain's unwritten constitution – made up of acts, conventions and court judgments – is a fragile one. I can't count how many times I've been approached with articles about why we need a formal constitution. But trying to get readers engaged with the issue has often been frustrating.
"This, however, was far from a problem when our new prime minister moved to prorogue parliament this month. Constitutional law experts stepped up to explain what was happening and the public couldn’t get enough.
"It was the perfect example of how research that has been bubbling along in the background for decades can suddenly become the only thing anyone is talking about"
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