The Art of Science Communication

Applications open Sept. 3

The ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee is proud to offer The Art of Science Communication, an online course available for all scientists and STEM professionals.


The goal of the course is to provide participants with fundamental training in science communication, focusing in particular on how to present science to a nonexpert audience in a formal setting, such as a public lecture. Using video lectures, background material, and virtual mentoring and discussions, the course covers the important components of what makes for a successful presentation, including messaging, generating interest and engaging with the audience. Course participants will be able to use the skills learned during the course in their professional lives.

Course dates

  • Winter session: February–March 2019 (applications accepted starting Dec. 31, 2018)
  • Summer session: June–July 2019 (applications accepted starting April 29)
  • Fall session: October–November 2019 (applications accepted starting Sept. 3)


$25 for ASBMB members or $100 for nonmembers ( Join ASBMB)


The course is eight weeks long — six weeks of content and two weeks for preparation and delivery of final presentations. Download the course syllabus, or read our paper in the Science Communication issue of JMBE.


Before the course begins, each participant records a short (3–5 minute) presentation on a scientific topic (preferably the participant's research topic). The presentation should be appropriate for members of the lay public (not a scientific/expert audience). This "before" video is used as as a reference point for the weekly discussions and homework assignments and helps measure participant progress.

Each week, participants watch video lectures, read background materials and review other resources. Weekly homework assignments help participants master the material. There are mandatory weekly discussions (Skype and Google Hangout), during which participants discuss that week's content and assignments. Discussions are led by members of the ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee and previous course participants. Participants should plan to dedicate three to four hours to the course per week.

The final course project is another recorded presentation. Participants who complete the course receive certificates.

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