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Science Communication

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Course description

Science Communication

This course explains why science communication is important and what it looks like in practice. It also teaches you the basic concepts and fundamental skills you need to master science communication yourself. The course explores research-based, practical ideas and inspiring stories from the field based on conversations with over fifty expert interviewees worldwide, including best-selling popular science authors and leading science communication researchers. Our list of over 50 distinguished experts includes:

Prof. Neil Shubin, paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and author of Your Inner Fish

Dr. Simon Singh, physicist, and author of Fermat's Last Theorem

Clare Matterson, Former Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum, London

Prof. Bruce Lewenstein, an early member of the science communication scholarly community and former editor of Public Understanding of Science

Prof. Baruch Fischhoff, a world-renowned authority on risk communication and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and

Dr. Keren Landsman, physician-epidemiologist and author of fantasy novel The Heart of the Circle

Who would benefit from this course?

scientists, STEM professionals, and graduate students in STEM and science communication;

teachers and informal science educators;

science communicators, including journalists, public information officers, museum curators, and other content producers;

anyone seeking to develop their science communication skillset to advance their career; and

anyone interested in the relationship between science and society in the 21st century.

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  • English

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Training content

  • What is science communication and why is it important?
  • Why and how do scientists communicate with the public?
  • How do we turn science into news?
  • Is scientific knowledge power? Science in the public debate
  • How do we turn research into a good story?
  • Science museums in the 21st century: from dissemination to public engagement
  • Public participation in scientific research
  • Science Communication for decision-makers
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Science in culture, science as culture

Course delivery details

This course is offered through IsraelX, a partner institute of EdX.

2-4 hours per week

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • How to communicate research clearly and in an engaging manner
  • Dialog, listening storytelling, and creative writing
  • How to engage the public through citizen science and community science
  • How to communicate effectively with journalists, decision-makers, and the public
  • Incorporating contemporary science in the classroom and informal learning environments

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