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The Science Communication unit at the University of the West of England is providing two short online courses: 'Science Communication: Connecting People and Creating Events' and ‘Science communication: Online and Media Writing’.

The fee for both is £750 for one, or can be booked together for £1,350. A concessionary fee is available.

The first course, 'Science Communication: Connecting People and Creating Events' was created to offer professional development for people new to science communication who want to develop their skills and knowledge in science communication practice, including current and new science communicators and researchers aiming to convey their research to non-specialists.

The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes and covers a range of topics including:

  • running events
  • understanding audiences
  • project planning
  • project management
  • designing face-to-face activities
  • facilitation skills
  • presentation skills
  • working with the media and evaluation

The ten-week course (including 2 private study weeks) will run from 15th January 2018 until 25th March 2018. 

For full details of the course and to register visit their website.

The second course, ‘Science communication: Online and Media Writing’ runs from 23rd April 2018, for ten weeks (including two weeks private study).

This course will equip participants with the skills they need to write about science and communicate clearly with non-scientists. From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course will offer a comprehensive insight into science writing. The course should appeal to current and future science communicators and science writers who wish to hone their skills, as well as scientists who wish to convey their research to non-specialists. The skills taught here will be applicable to all forms of popular science writing, but there is a particular emphasis on online writing.

 The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE’s popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes and covers a range of topics including:

  • introduction to science writing and guiding principles
  • spotting a good story
  • story structure
  • making your science writing clear and engaging
  • writing for different audiences
  • writing about statistics and risk
  • getting your writing noticed online
  • effective use of social media
  • writing an effective press release
  • tips on writing about different fields of science

Full details and registration can be found on their website.