ICLEI Young Writers Network
The ICLEI Young Writers Network empowers sustainability students and graduates to become engaging communicators, and provides a platform to share sustainability research. Sharing evidence-based knowledge in palatable ways is paramount to the health of a mindful and engaged society, which is a prerequisite for sustainable development policies at all levels of government. But sustainability issues, like climate change, can be challenging to communicate. So if you are missing a space to learn non-academic communication skills to make a positive impact with your research, whether through transforming a thesis into a summary report, or an essay into a blog, we’re glad you’ve found us.
If your organisation would like to partner with or support us in another way please get in touch.
Translating academic work for a non-academic audience will involve workshops & training in science communication, storytelling, and non-academic styles of writing to prepare students for future employment with a focus on professional skills.
Develop your professional writing and communication skills while supporting ICLEI’s services to promote sustainable urban development
Share your evidence-based research on: sustainability in cities and regions, local governments’ role in climate action, urban resilience, and climate adaptation, circular economy, ecomobility, social equity and low carbon development
Why should I participate?
Make your ideas "sticky", have a positive impact with your writing/research
Gain experience writing for a non-academic general audience
Develop your confidence in writing and communication skills
Seek opportunities for networking with practitioners and bolster your CV
Gain insight into ICLEI’s local and international projects
Think more institutionally about global environmental and sustainability issues
Link academia with practice and help to bridge the research-policy gap
Receive one-on-one training and guidance specific to your interests/field
Time commitment is flexible and can be negotiated around your schedule
How to critically prioritise information and extract core messages
How to make complex information more accessible to a general audience
How to create engaging and memorable content through storytelling
Submit your expression of interest
Submit an application or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help to make your research, thesis or essay more effective and specific to your communications goal. We can provide consultation and resources to help you make a larger positive impact with your work. The program is FREE for all suitable* students or recent graduates and we can provide also offer remote support to those outside of Victoria. Depending on demand and the capacity of our team not all applications will be successful.
*Suitability will be assessed in your application by the Young Writers Network team, based on a variety of criteria including alignment with ICLEI Oceania’s sustainable development work.
Contact Tim Shue
M: 0404 799 166