Online course in Science, Engineering & Maths

Science Communication and Public Engagement

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

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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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.

What topics will you cover?

• 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

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What will you achieve?

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

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Alessandro Cicerale

Alessandro Cicerale

I am a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Torino, Italy. My research activities include neuroimaging of eating disorders and neurostimulation with therapeutic and rehabilitative goals.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

The University of Turin is one of the largest and most prestigious Italian universities, with about 70,000 students, 4,000 employees, and 1,800 research fellows, encompassing all academic sectors.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a Life Sciences specialised academic institution.

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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