The Art of Science Communication
The Art of Science Communication is an online course that provides fundamental training in science communication, focusing on how to present science to a nonexpert audience in a formal setting, such as a public lecture.
Using video lectures, background material, 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.
The course is open to all scientists and STEM professionals.
The course runs three times a year:
- Winter session: February–March
- Summer session: June–July
- Fall session: October–November
- $25 for ASBMB members.
- $100 for nonmembers. Join the ASBMB and save!
The course is eight weeks long — six weeks of learning and two weeks for preparation and delivery of final presentations.
Before the course begins, each participant records a short (five-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 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 (one-hour video chat sessions via platforms such as Skype or Google Hangouts) during which participants discuss that week’s content and assignments. Discussions are led by members of the ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee and course graduates.
The final course project is another recorded presentation.
Participants should plan to dedicate three to four hours to the course per week. Those who finish all the course requirements receive a certificate of completion.
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"My favorite part about being a part of this program, first as a student then as an instructor, is the core idea that is emphasized throughout the entire course: science is for everyone."
While working on her Ph.D., Katharina Henning discovered the science communication career path. Then she found an online class that showed her how to do it.
A great science communicator does three things: makes science more engaging to the public, finds ways to support outreach, and curates content using a variety of formats to target audiences.