There is a vast array of training courses available for Science Communicators at all stages of their career and ranges of experience! If you run a course and would like it added to the list below, please contact us.
N.B. This is a list for information only. We do not hold responsibility for the quality of the courses themselves. If you feel that any of these course should not be listed here, please contact us.
For those new to science communication, short courses may introduce you to your options and help you work out what you are interested in, and how to achieve it. Some of the courses listed in this section may also be useful at various career stages!
You have been working as a scientist, but would like a bit of help with your science communication, or perhaps media, skills?
You may have been working in Science Communication for years, but perhaps you are always looking for ways to improve your skills, knowledge and experience.
BIG's very own Little Event is for people who are relatively new to STEM communication, whether they work in a science centre or museum, volunteer for a festival, are involved in university outreach, or do anything else to engage people with sciences. Find out more on our Little Event page.
UWE Science Communication Masterclass
UWE's Science Communication Masterclass is an intensive course created to provide professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers UWE's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.
Science Communication: Online and Media Writing
Many universities and learned societies offer science communication and media courses as part of their regular course offerings, specifically with practising scientists in mind. If your university does not offer one, it may be worth asking if they would, or perhaps you may be welcome at another local university as an exchange type scheme.
Royal Society of Biology
You could also try the following societies and organisations:
Beltane Public Engagement Network
Create and Inspire is a one-day course, designed to give practising scientists the confidence, skills and inspiration to share their research with the public. The course is open to researchers of all subjects, and is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
If you are looking specifically for media training as part of CPD training, or ad-hoc training for those who find themselves in the media spotlight, universities and learned societies are increasingly providing "working with the media" sessions. Examples are Royal Society and BBRSC
You may also be interested in:
Communications and Media Skills training with Dr Emily Grossman
Voice of Young Science: Standing Up for Science
Those interested in further media training may be interested in:
Beltane Public Engagement Fellowships recruit from a wide range of disciplines.The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program provides a 10 week summer placement at media organisations nationwide.
The William Churchill Memorial Trust also offers fellowships (non-media).
Dialogue Academy is all about helping professional science communicators gain the ideas, tools, skills and techniques to use dialogue and debate to engage audiences in contemporary science issues. Whether you are new to using dialogue to engage audiences or want to gain new skills, share your experiences and get new ideas, the academy has something for everyone.
UWE also offer the following courses -
Applied research skills https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/USSKQN30M/applied-research-skills
Science Communication: Online and media writing https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/USSKNP15M/applied-science-communication-online-and-media-writing
Science Communication Masterclass https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/Z51000095/science-communication-masterclass
Science Communication Building Blocks https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/Z51000113/science-communication-building-blocks
List updated Aug 2017