This course is designed for scientists who need to write about their research for non-specialist audiences, for example in blog posts, magazine articles, lay summaries of grant applications, and the drafting of press releases. The course covers the fundamentals of communicating technical information accurately to non-specialist readers, the essential structure of short summary articles, the tools to engage readers with longer-form writing, and how to adapt written content for online audiences. Participants prepare a short article about their research before the course, which is then used in development exercises during the day. Highlights of the course include individual feedback from tutors who work in science writing, and developing a short article specifically about your research. View the programme.
Benefits for participants
- Training in key principles of communicating with non-specialists
- Specific advice on writing press releases, news articles, features, and online articles
- Tips on conveying concepts clearly without compromising accuracy
- Guidance on writing for social media
- Constructive coaching and feedback
- Opportunity to meet like-minded scientists
About the tutors
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.
Course fee and bursaries
The course fee is £450 + VAT. Payment is required in full prior to the course to confirm your place.
The Royal Society and 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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