Science Communication Training

Several institutions offer formal training in science communication. Below are some of the best examples:

COURSES: 

Communicating Ocean Science for Informal Audiences (Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences)- Course helps science majors become more aware of K-12 and public science education. 

Communicating Science Through Social Media (University of Michigan)- Practice-based course that uses the medium of a public blog to provide participants with experience in connecting effectively with a non-expert audience when conveying complex science-based information. 

Communication Skills For Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students (Marshall University)- Required course that aims to identify, enhance and add to the existing skills of students in both oral and written scientific communication.  

Current Controversies in the Sciences (Central Connecticut State University)- This course trains students to communicate science to the public in a way that conveys its nature, its excitement, and its importance. 

Emerson College Science Communication Collaborative- Course aimed at refining and broading students' ability to interpret scientific language and communicate critical scientific content to others.  

Engage (University of Washington)- Quarter-long course that teaches emerging scientists to effectively communicate through development of a seminar on their own research for a general audience. 

 

PROGRAMS:  

Boston University Graduate Program in Science Journalism- Dedicated to improving the understanding of science, medicine and technology worldwide by training students and veteran journalists to recognize, investigate, analyze and narrate scientific and medical findings, issues and concerns, focusing on the untangling of complexities and controversies for a lay audience. 

MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing- A program for English and science majors, freelance writers or journalists seeking a specialty, working scientists, and others in which to learn the art and discipline of science writing. 

University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program- Year-long program that produces professional science writers, focusing entirely on practical training through classroom work and diverse internships. 

 

INSTITUTIONS:  

Columbia College Chicago Institute for Science Education & Science Communication- Promotes scientific literacy by providing educational environments that encourage the general public to learn, explore, discover, and become well-informed citizens. 

SUNY- Stony Brook Center for Communicating Science- Works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. 

University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Community OutReach Development- Offers grade K-12 students and teachers from all areas in-depth, hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences both during the school year and in summer programs.  

University of Tennessee, Knoxville Science Communication Resource Center- Presents a series of oral and written communication workshops that focus on improvement in the writing and presentation skills and competitiveness for research publications and pre-doctoral fellowships.  

University of Wisconsin- Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication- Offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral education in science communication.