Science Communication Foundations Training

Scientists and researchers are under increasing pressure to communicate their research and findings to a broader audience, including the press, the public, funding organisations and fellow scientists working in different fields.

The problem is that communication can be a tricky business, especially when scientists have to communicate complex topics in a way that is accessible and understandable.

To make things even more challenging, the way in which we communicate is changing on a daily basis: how on earth can a busy researcher publish papers, attend conferences, teach students AND develop the skills they need to share their science in the 21st century?

Our Science Communication Foundations training programme is a 2-day event designed to provide a broad introduction to communicating  science to a variety of audiences and to equip scientists with the basics that they need to communicate their work.

What we’ll cover

The value of outreach and communicating with non-scientists

  • The value to you and others
  • Overcoming stereotypes
  • The challenge of fake “truth”

Different audiences, different needs

  • Identifying key audiences for scientists
  • Using a framework to define your message
  • Tactics for working with different audiences

The power of narrative

  • Why it works
  • How you can use it
  • Crafting a story

Working with people

  • Using non-verbal communication
  • Listening skills
  • Cultural conundrums

Basics of:

  • Giving interviews
  • Speaking and presenting
  • Writing
  • Designing visuals

Channels and platforms

  • Social media
  • Blogs & websites
  • Wikipedia
  • Podcasts
  • Video
  • Press releases & new stories

Other ways to get noticed

  • Events

Ideal for

Scientists and researchers who want to learn the foundations of science communication so that they can communicate with youth, schools, the media, policy makers, the “general public”, and non-experts vital to their career like other scientists and grant organisations.


This programme is delivered in English, but the skills taught can be transferred into any language.

Programme length

1-2 days, depending on content requirements

Tailor this programme

This programme can be tailored on request to focus on specific platforms or audiences, and it can be extended with additional workshops from our communication skills academy.

We can also tailor examples and case studies in the programme to focus on a specific scientific field – biomedical research, physical sciences, clinical research, social sciences etc.

Book this programme

Let us bring Science Communication Foundations training to your university or research group. We travel far and wide to teach science communication skills.

Simply complete our short inquiry form below and we’ll take it from there.

Request training

What do you want us to focus on in the training? Typically, we recommend a broad focus (the first option) unless you have very specific needs.

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Science communication training online

Most of our science communication training and communication skills workshops take place “live”, but we live in the 21st century and one of the questions that we’re regularly asked is “Do you have the course online?”

Until recently, the answer was “no”, but as of the end of 2018, the answer is “it’s coming”! We’ll be launching our Online Science Communication Training programme in late 2019.

If you’d like to be notified of the course launch or of pilot programmes, send us a short note using our contact form and we’ll be in touch.

Up-coming Events

Upcoming Events

  1. 5th Austrian Citizen Science Conference

    June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 28 @ 5:00 pm

Let's Talk

If you'd like to discuss science communication training, coaching, our communication skills workshops, or something related but different, get in touch.

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