Practical, engaging communication training for researchers and scientists

We’re here to help researchers and scientists hone their communication skills and use them to promote their work.

Clearly, confidently, and without “dumbing things down”.

Practical, engaging communication training & workshops for researchers & scientists

Research and science communication training

We offer online, blended-learning, hybrid and in-person workshops and training programmes to equip researchers, academics and scientists with the communication skills they need to talk about their work – with non-experts and experts, in a way that is clear, authentic and confident.

Where do you want to go today?

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Bite-sized learning

Short webinars, learning sessions and mini-workshops for groups of 6-100. Book a session for a group, for a university-wide or organisation-wide strategic communication series, or offer conference attendees a chance to develop new skills as part of your event.

Our bite-sized sessions cover a range of topics, including:

  • Storytelling and narrative in research communication
  • Social media for researchers
  • The power of plain language in research communication
  • Podcasting basics for researchers and science communicators
  • Finding, editing and using images to bring research communication to life
  • Video editing for researchers and science communication
  • And more…

Do you have an idea in mind for a short online workshop or series of workshops? Tell us! We love designing workshops customised to the needs of the participants. Choose from some of our popular topics, or get in touch for a custom-designed session.

Training formats

The world is changing. Attention spans are shorter. The demands on working and studying scientists to “get stuff done” are greater than ever before. And teams are distributed in many different locations. With that in mind, we provide training in different formats depending on your needs.

For groups

Webinars and online masterclasses

For talks, short training sessions, and facilitated “skill injection” experiences for your group, we offer interactive live-and-online sessions (using  Zoom or similar platforms).

The “blended learning approach”

For longer programmes, we offer a blended learning approach that involves self-learning; individual assignments; group exercises; and engaging live-and-online sessions to tackle challenges, put skills into practice, and give and receive feedback.

Instead of exhausting participants with too much time in the group, we provide time and space for knowledge to sink in over multiple sessions. This approach caters to all learning styles – there is something for everyone! – and the “chunked” approach to learning makes it easy for participants to make time for the workshop in their busy schedules. New skills can be put to use in “real life” throughout the training, allowing participants to build confidence incrementally over a series of weeks or months.

Ask us about how this approach is great for team building and encouraging interdisciplinary working, too.

In-person intensives

For multi-day workshops, training programmes and learning events, we offer engaging and lively live-and-in-person experiences.

 

These are ideal for organisations and participants who can commit the time and budget to be present and engaged over several days—not always easy when people have submission deadlines, urgent meetings, or have to find time to work in the breaks.

To keep energy levels high, our intensive in-person programmes are carefully designed with the group in mind, combining practical small group and individual activities with need-to-know theory, and lots of time to learn new skills AND put them into practice in a safe space. Tangible outcomes are built into the programme design so that participants can put their new science communication toolkit to use immediately.

For individuals

Learn in your own time

Join one of our on-going online courses for a combination of always-available video learning and individual assignments. One-to-one coaching and individual feedback on assignments is optional.

Webinars and online masterclasses

Sign up for our short public training sessions and facilitated “skill injection” experiences. These learning opportunities are typically 1-4 hours in length and are delivered using an interactive live-and-online  approach (using  Zoom or similar platforms).

Public courses

We offer a handful of science communication programmes each year that individual students, researchers and scientists can join online from anywhere in the world.

 

Our live-and-online science communication training is delivered using a blended learning approach that involves self-learning; individual assignments; group exercises; and engaging live-and-online sessions to tackle challenges, put skills into practice, and give and receive feedback.

Instead of exhausting you with a full-day workshop, these courses are delivered over multiple short sessions, with time between each session for you to apply your knowledge, try out new things, and get ready for the next installment.

Bite-sized, need-to-know theory and loads of opportunities to put apply your newfound skills is the main focus of these programmes.

Lots to think about in changing times. Why not arrange a time to chat about pros and cons?

Open courses and workshops

We’re currently planning our open courses and workshops for the next semester.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

How it works

Our science communication training and workshops are designed for researchers in science, technology, engineering, medicine and social sciences. If you are interested in building your skills, the skills of a group, or simply raise awareness about science communication at a scientific event, there are several ways that we can help you. What’s on your mind?

What learners say

Collaborating with Suzanne to organize a virtual workshop on the social media landscape in 2023 for Boston University researchers was a pleasure and a resounding success. From the initial planning stages to the workshop's execution, Suzanne’s expertise and passion for science communication were evident at every step. Her attention to detail and consideration of the diverse audience at BU ensured that the content was not only intellectually stimulating but also accessible to researchers with varying backgrounds. Suzanne’s enthusiasm proved contagious, creating an atmosphere of active participation and shared learning. I look forward to future collaborations!

Katherine Gianni

Assistant Director, Public Relations, Boston University (2023)

This was a good refresher on best practice planning and design for posters. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on tools for choosing colour palettes, which I have since used in other communication materials, and the discussion about online and virtual conferences, which was an eye-opener for me during COVID. Thank you, Suzanne!

Poster workshop participant

Genentech, USA

Loved this. So much information and still time for some good discussions with fellow students. I look forward to being able to use some of the ideas when I create my first poster.

Poster workshop participant

Student SHA Utrecht University

I have just completed SciComm Success' Poster Design Workshop. It was full of interesting tips and tools, some of which I have already built into my poster planning. Although we had a big group and I expected a lecture/webinar format, Suzanne constantly invited us to provide feedback and our own experiences, and I enjoyed hearing what fellow biologists like and don't. I liked that the group was international and enjoyed the flexible and informal discussions - some via chat, some using whiteboards, some simple audio discussion. It felt as if we could all contribute, wherever we were. I would recommend this workshop for anyone new to creating posters for conferences. It would probably be a good refresher for poster presenters, too. Thank you, SEB, for the opportunity.

Poster workshop participant

Society for Experimental Biology Conference (2021)

Working with us is as easy as 1,2,3…

We like to keep things simple. Here’s what to expect:

First, get in touch

Book a FREE exploration session to get started. You can tell us about what you want and need, we can brainstorm ideas, and together, we can explore the possibilities.

Second, get some ideas

Based on what you’ve told us, we will put together a proposal for you outlining our recommended approach to science communication training based on your input, along with the all-important outcomes, costs, and timescales.

Third, get started

Once you’re happy with what we’ve proposed, we’ll get to work on what needs to happen to make your science communication training a success.

Ready to build your science communication skills? We’d love to hear from you.

We believe that all good things start with a conversation.

Book a Zoom call with us (choose a date and time that’s right for you) or use the contact form to get in touch and tell us about what you need.

Why does science communication matter? Why should you bother sharing your research with non-experts?

Make an impact outside the “ivory towers” – science matters more than ever, but it’s not helpful if your research is locked behind a paywall, or is presented in jargon that only specialists can understand. If your research can help policy makers and voters make better decisions, or instil a love of science in young and old, or spark meaningful debates and discussions, or encourage critical thinking, or simply share the wonder of the world around us, then it’s worth sharing.

Give your scientific career a boost – raise your academic profile and the visibility of your research, and you’ll have a better chance of becoming more connected to your scientific communities, being seen by the organisations and research groups you want to be part of as you build your career.

Stand up for science – use your understanding of the scientific process and your specialist area to debunk fake facts and use communication as a tool for explaining why science matters; why an objective assessment of facts and data underpin decisions that affect society and the environment today and in the future; and recapture people’s trust in science and scientists.