PRF Correspondents Program
About the Program
The purpose of this program is to provide students and early-career pain investigators with the knowledge and skills they need to communicate science effectively to a wide range of pain researchers and to patients and the broader public.
Working closely with the PRF editors, successful applicants will gain valuable science communications experience by conducting interviews and podcasts with World Congress speakers, writing summaries of lectures and scientific sessions, and producing other content.
All content generated by program participants will be published on the Pain Research Forum and RELIEF (relief.news), PRF’s companion site for the public. In addition, all participants will receive complimentary access to the workshop “Breaking Through the Clutter: A Primer on Communicating Science and Health to the Public” on September 12.
By participating in the science communications training program, you will:
- Develop your oral and written communications skills
- Develop the ability to write for both pain researchers (PRF) and patient/lay audiences (RELIEF)
- Learn how to effectively revise and edit your work
- Generate content for publication on PRF and RELIEF
- Disseminate knowledge of pain research to experts and non-experts alike
Participants in this program must be available for:
- an introductory conference call in late August
- a special meeting on-site in Boston at the beginning of the World Congress
- interviews with Plenary Lecturers and to provide reporting from scientific sessions
- a final conference call shortly after the Congress has concluded
All assignments are due one month after the Congress.
How to apply
To apply for the Science Communications Training Program, please submit a brief description (500 words maximum) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, and how it will contribute to your professional development, along with a resume. Applications must be submitted via the application system. Applications will not be accepted via email.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be:
- Registered for the 17th World Congress on Pain
- A trainee member of IASP (Undergraduate student, Graduate student, or Postdoctoral investigator)
Applications are welcome from basic, translational and clinical investigators working in any area of pain research. Twelve applicants in total will be accepted into the program, and can be based anywhere in the world.
Non-scholarly writing experience is helpful but not required.