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University of Cambridge: Practical Science Communication

Institution University of Cambridge
Department Institute of Continuing Education
Telephone 01223 746226
Study type Taught


Science and its related disciplines have a wide-ranging and profound impact upon individuals, businesses, communities and the natural world. Communicating science is now recognised as an important skill for many professionals working in scientific research and in technical industries. The scientific community has asserted its responsibility to communicate about research and development in an ethical, effective and engaging manner within the wider community.

This Postgraduate Certificate meets the needs of scientists who wish to communicate effectively with the wider public, and with other organisations within their community, such as funding bodies and policy committees.

Effective science communicators seek engaging, high quality and accessible methods for sparking interest, maximising impact, and reaching their intended audiences. They will draw on theories of communication and engagement, use innovative practical approaches, understand the needs of their audience, and be aware of the broader ethical and societal implications of the science. High quality training in science communication will provide these skills and expertise, and fits with the underlying principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.

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