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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.


The course focuses on:

  • Why is science communication important?
  • Defining a message and the intended audience
  • Going from the message to a story
  • Small-scale public science dissemination events
  • The relationship between scientists and journalists

Who should join the course:

  • Scientists and researchers who wish to communicate the results and theory of their field(s) of study to the public
  • Graduate and postgraduate students
  • Academic staff of all career levels
  • Scientists not working in academia


The course will have multiple runs in 2020 and 2021.  

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will 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

How to join the course

This course is available on FutureLearn :


Project lead

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Alessandro Cicerale

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