Dr. Jernej Zupanc • Science Communication Coach & Consultant

Dr. Jernej Zupanc • Science Communication Coach & Consultant

I study, apply, and teach how to visually present complex messages to make them easy to understand for different audiences. Based in Europe—work globally, I run workshops for PhD students and postdocs and consult on science & business communication and grant writing.

I was a PhD researcher and PostDoc in computer science at University of Ljubljana (2006-2012) and a Fulbright Scholar at Northeastern University (2009-2010). I also worked as Head of computer vision at a startup for five years and was a Horizon 2020 External Expert Evaluator for business and innovation support programes. Now, my primary focus is training and consulting.

Dr. Jernej Zupanc • Science Communication Coach & Consultant

Dr. Jernej Zupanc • Science Communication Coach & Consultant

Although I primarily study and explore visual communication, I also eclectically collect best practices from communication experts no matter their field of application (management consulting, persuasion, psychology, marketing, graphic design, photography, journalism etc.). For each approach, I try to find out: (1) does it work, (2) can my clients use it to improve their communication.

From my work in diverse environments (research, engineering, policy, business), and Seyens workshops, where I’ve been exposed to thousands of scientists from various topics, I have developed the ability to quickly absorb scientific and other complex concepts and view them from different perspectives. In my coaching and training, I aim to solve problems while helping clients understand the underlying reasons for the design choices so they can improve all of their further communications.

You might find it relevant that I too have conducted research. My PhD was in computer science (biomedical image analysis) and I was a Fulbright scholar at Northeastern University in Boston. After returning from the USA, I wrote a manual on how to prepare the Fulbright proposal which has since helped over 100.000 applicants from 205 countries. Between 2013-2016, I’ve been active as an evaluator of H2020 research and innovation related proposals. I’ve read more than 4000 pages of project proposals and gained significant experience on being on both sides of project application (having independently written €3M+ of grant proposals and consulted on additional €10M+ of successful grants). My professional profile is on LinkedIn.

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