Science Communication Foundations Training

Our Science Communication Foundations training programme is 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. This programme can either run as an intensive 2-day programme or a series of 2-3 hour sessions over 10-12 weeks.

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

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”, now that we’re at the start of 2020, the answer is “it’s coming”! We’ll be launching our Online Science Communication Training programme in late 2020.

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

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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