Science Communication for Researchers


Course Objective

This course has six learning objectives:
1. Classify forms of science communication by indicating the elements
that belong to the models on science, communication and science
communication that are taught in the course.
2. Creating science communication products that are applicable to new
developments in or social issues related to science or technology.
3. Explain choices in target group / sender (or participants), content,
style and tone with the science communication products that the student
develops during the course.
4. Understanding the importance of societal engagement and participation
in the development of science and technology.
5. Recognize and explain your own perspective on the role of science
communication in the relationship between science and society.
6. Making connections between ideas and perspectives of different
disciplines in the creation of a science communication product.

Course Content

Scientific research and technological development have far-reaching
impacts on society, especially if they comprise of highly innovative and
(potentially) controversial activities (e.g.
synthetic biology, neuroscience, nanotechnology, smart cities,
reproductive technologies, etc.). How
does society actually look at these research efforts and tech
developments? Societal visions have a major influence on the direction
that scientific research and technology development take in the near
future. That is why communication products and processes about and
related to science and technology are crucial.
In this course you become familiar with a number of science
communication models, concepts and theories, and you will learn to
recognise their application in practice. Through individual and group
assignments you become familiar with the practical side of science
communication, varying from science journalism to facilitating societal
dialogues about science and technology.

Teaching Methods

This is a part-time course of eight weeks (6 ECTS). The total study time
is 160 hours. The different parts take the following time consuming:

Lectures 12 hours
Self study and exam 70 hours
Seminars 18 hours
Assignments 60 hours

Method of Assessment

Assessment consists of:
- Group assignments (20%)
- Individual assignments (50%)
- Individual exam (30%)
All parts must be closed with a pass.


The literature is announced on Canvas a month before the start of the

Target Audience

Optional course for second year and third year BSc Biomedical Sciences
and Biology and second year BSc Health and Life, major Biomedical
Sciences or Health Sciences. Also to follow for the BSC
within Earth Sciences and Exact Sciences. Specially recommended for
students considering the C variant (science communication) or M variant
(policy and management) of the Master MPA. This one
course is also a challenging practical, yet theory-based supplement to
the Health Communication course.

Additional Information

It is advisable to combine this course with just one other parttime
course because of the group work that should be scheduled and performed
outside the formal lecture and seminar times. All classes (lectures and
seminars) are mandatory (approximately 4 hours a week).

Explanation Canvas

All communication for this course is through Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AB_470185
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij
Examiner dr. J.F.H. Kupper
Teaching Staff J.W. Schuijer
drs. ir. A. Fraaije
dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij
dr. J.F.H. Kupper
dr. B.J. Regeer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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