Denmark, Copenhagen

Science Communication in Theory and Practice

when 1 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee EUR 200

This highly interactive summer school offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to gain skills in the understanding and production of research communication and in interdisciplinary, problem-oriented collaboration. Working in response to briefs from local clients, students will work together to produce high quality science communication products such as short films, podcasts, articles and complementary social media. Project groups will be interdisciplinary, giving students the chance to gain hands-on experience of research and development across disciplinary boundaries.

The two week intensive summer school will be supported by a four week, part-time programme of online teaching, readings, and short tasks which will enable students to become familiar with the theory and practice of public science communication. They will engage with topics such as the history of science communication, the narrative techniques and formats through which it can be carried out, and how key messages can be conveyed clearly, accurately and memorably

Course leader

Sarah Rachael Davies

Target group

Master students and professionals holding at least a Bachelors degree from any discipline with an interest in science communication are encouraged to apply. Good English skills are required. PhD students are also eligible to apply if they can argue that the course is relevant to their studies and/or future career plans.

Course aim

Account for key methods and theories in the study of science communication, including models of communication, scientific knowledge, audience reception, and analytical frames.

Create science communication products which utilise specific formats to communicate scientific knowledge to defined audiences.

Critically examine instances of science communication by drawing on appropriate theories and methods in the field.

Communicate such assessment and analysis with precision and in terms relevant to the academic debate in the field.

Fee info

EUR 200: EU/EAA citizens
EUR 917: Non EU/EAA citizens