Science Communication - knowing and reaching your audience

This course is intended to provide an overview on why it is important to disseminate your scientific results and how it can be successfully achieved. We will also highlight the diversity of channels and audiences by providing examples to: What is science communication? To whom are you trying to reach? And how can you go about this?


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Course description

Scientific communication is at the critical interface of science and society. Without the (successful) dissemination of scientific results, and the conversations around them, not only does the science fail, but so too does the forward progression society. A sound foundation in communication is applicable for both basic and applied research topics, teaching environments, as well as in the science-meets-policy spheres. As at 2021, communication is manifest in a multitude of realms and options; from in-person formats such as dinner-time conversations or major public speaking events, to digital formats such as press releases, social media posts, and non-fiction works. In spite of, and arguably in part due to, this myriad of options, many scientists do not know how to best transfer their knowledge more widely. There are many different considerations at play, for example; language barriers, including those surrounding inherently scientific concepts such as uncertainty or risk; a lack of formal education on the outreach and diversity topics; a variable or unfamiliar target audience; a highly “specialized” topic; and even individual scientist personalities and predisposition.

This short course takes the approach that science communication is for every scientist and there are some fundamental tools that should be kept in mind in order to maximise the reach, impact and legacy of their work.

Application process

Apply within 15 October 2021 through our online application form. (Application form will be open 1 - 15 October).

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Maximum number of participants 15 persons. We strongly recommend you register as soon as possible. 

This course is devoted to PhD candidates who are members of DEEP as the top priority group, but If there are still some available spots after deadline, other members and staff at the Department of Geosciences, UiO are welcome to apply. We have 15 places in the course and DEEP members will have first priority

Course delivery 

We are still in the course organizing process and it is not finished yet. we have invited several international lecturers and waiting for some more responses. we anticipate to have this course in 3 - 4 half days (12 - 16 hours) Hybrid. PhD candidates who are members of the DEEP Research School can participate in the course in Oslo. DEEP will cover flight and accommodation expenses for them.


Enrolled students are encouraged to submit a short press release and/or blog piece or similar in advance of the course for some feedback and iterations during the week. 

The lecturers

  • Grace Shephard                                    
  • Henrik Svensen
  • Anne Hope Jahren
  • Eivind Torgersen
  • Fabio Crameri
  • Elodie Chabrol
  • Sam Illingworth
  • Philip Heron
  • Paul Voosen
  • Hazel Gibson
Published June 24, 2021 4:39 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2021 1:52 PM