Talking Science: A Practical Guide to Creative Science Communication

Elective Course | 6 ECTS | Course: CRD 23

Instructor: Uta Reichardt

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

"Talking Science" is about communicating scientific content - within academia and (more importantly) beyond - to get the word out there, be heard, understood and create a conversation. The course is a hands-on workshop to explore and apply creative ways to translate and exhibit research in various contexts. It draws from a range of different fields to provide insights and examples for articles and reports, oral presentations and narrative-based science communication. Through the course, students will undertake substantial practice to expand their science communication skills.

Instructor

I´m a post-doc at the Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland, and explore the synergies that emerge from the dialogue between science and arts. I view sustainability development through the lens of disaster risk reduction and look at the role of Art and Design regarding preparedness, relief and recovery from disastrous events. I enjoy making people from different backgrounds meet and join their forces. Currently, I´m involved in Out of Sync, an exploration of novel performance event formats during and beyond the pandemic, and recently co-founded Disaster Studios, a platform that joins Design and Disaster Risk Management and emphasises evidence-based design solutions and creative ways for disaster risk reduction.

Description

The course introduces students to the main concepts of science communication, its historical role and development, and examines its application in the context of present-day culture, practice, and policy. It draws from the fields of natural science and social science, environmental studies, sociology, psychology, and cultural studies as well as art and design. By diving into the realms of science writing for articles and reports, oral presentations and narrative-based science communication, creative ways of research translation and science exhibiting, students will undertake substantial practice to expand their science communication skills.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can describe and recognize elements of effective science communication.
  • can demonstrate resources and skills for effective communication of complex material.
  • can assess and improve their science communication endeavors, using visual and oral storytelling to produce compelling presentations, writing, and exhibiting.
  • has developed skills in communication techniques suitable for future communication opportunities within science, business, government or non-profit organizations.