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Science Communication and Public Engagement

Discover the importance of public engagement in science, and learn techniques to share and raise awareness of your research.

Objectives

Define your message and share your findings through social and traditional media.

Good science communication ensures the public engage with and understand relevant scientific research. On this course, you will learn how best to share your science findings with your intended audience.

You’ll explore how the relationship between society and science has evolved over time, and find out how traditional and social media can be used to share research. You’ll learn to identify your target audience and define your message to build a shareable story.

You’ll also discover guidelines for working with journalists, and how to host small events to share information with the public.

The course is designed for scientists and researchers who wish to communicate the results and theory of their field(s) of study to the public.

This includes graduate and postgraduate students, academic staff of all career levels, and scientists not working in academia.

Please note this course runs without facilitation. The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

Advantages

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Design small-scale public science communication events

  • Reflect on the role of traditional and social media in the communication of science

  • Improve your science communication activities by clearly identifying the target audiences, messages and stories

Duration & Dates

Flexible

Audience & Eligibility

Scientists and researchers who wish to communicate the results and theory of their field(s) of study to the public

Level

Beginner

Price

Free

Language

English

Registration Open & Seats

Open

Location

Online

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Structure & Modules

Week 1: Introduction to science communication and public engagement

  • Why science communication?
  • Let's get started: goal and audience

Week 2: Finding your message and delivering it

  • Creating your message
  • Delivering your message

Week 3: Communicating through journalists and institutional initiatives

  • Journalism and science
  • Institutional aspects of science communication

Programme lead

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Alessandro Cicerale

Research fellow and Lecturer at the University of Torino, Italy.

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