A two-day residential course for scientists combining training in written communication and media skills.
All sessions were informative and useful, especially blogging. The practice interviews were great and put me at ease for future interviews.
The writing session was particularly helpful to understand how to communicate our research effectively. I also have a clearer understanding of how I can use social media and online material to raise awareness of my research. Radio and TV interview practice were brilliant to be better prepared answering questions and being more in control of the interview process.
Our writing and media skills courses are designed for individuals at late-stage PhD/post-doc level and above, who have experience in conducting independent research.
Forthcoming course dates will be announced on this page when available.
See below for course information and fees.
This course is designed to equip scientists with high-level skills to engage wide audiences through the media and popular science writing. The first day focuses on writing about your research, including the fundamentals of communicating technical information accurately to busy non-specialists and developing a short article prepared before the course. The second day covers broadcast interview skills, building on the principles of the first day and including practice radio and TV interviews, with guidance on preparing for questions. Highlights of the course include individual feedback on writing and interviews from tutors who work in science writing and broadcast, the development of a popular science article about your research, and the opportunity to review your own interview performance privately afterwards through optional recordings. View the programme.
Accommodation on the evening of day 1, along with lunch, dinner and breakfast, is included onsite.
Writing about your research:
This course is designed for scientists by SciConnect and led by principal trainers Dr Claire Ainsworth and Dr Jon Copley, along with additional guest trainers with backgrounds in science writing and editing for national newspapers and popular science magazines.
Dr Claire Ainsworth is a freelance science journalist and trainer, who formerly worked as a reporter and editor at New Scientist and Nature. Dr Jon Copley is a scientist who has interacted extensively with the media about his research, and previously worked as a Reporter and Assistant News Editor at New Scientist. Jon and Claire co-founded SciConnect in 2006 and have equipped more than 12,000 scientists with the skills to engage and inspire wider audiences with their work.
The course fee is £900 + VAT and includes one nights' accommodation, lunch, dinner and breakfast. Payment is required in full prior to the course to confirm your place.
The course fee is covered for Royal Society research fellowship holders, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship, Wolfson Research Merit Award and Industry Fellowship. The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 provide bursaries to cover the cost of the course for scientists whom they fund.
If cancellation occurs more than 3 weeks in advance of the course date, but less than 4 weeks, a 50% refund will be given. However, if cancellation occurs with less than 3 weeks’ notice, unfortunately no refund will be possible.
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