Science Communication Core Module AUTUMN 2020

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Over the period of a semester, we will investigate, reflect on, discuss, and practice all parts that make speaking about our science for an academic audience and for a more popular audience . The main approach is through analysis of what the presentations, speeches and popular texts do and implement these in our own context and practice. To get the most out of this, we suggest you work on your own scientific speech, whether academic or popular. Our overall aim is that after the semester, you’ll have build a repertoire of oral communication strategies you can apply every time you get up in front of an audience and talk about your science.


  • The course increases your presentation skills of scientific and professional genres. It provides you with opportunities to apply these skills in the process of presenting an academic presentation and to receive ample feedback from your peers and the instructor.
  • By the end of the course, you should have developed a range of presentation skills that you can apply when preparing for any conference presentation or public speaking event.
  • The course provides you with opportunities to apply and test a variety of skills and challenges when presenting and to receive ample feedback from your peers and the instructors.
  • By the end of the course, you’ll have increased confidence and skills to build on as an up and coming scientist in this increasingly competitive world of science.



  • can diagnose their own presenting skills, and experiment with this process to best suit their personal needs, and develop further as a communicator of science;
  • can understand different evaluation criteria for different settings;
  • have developed their skills to critically analyse and give feedback to oral presentations;
  • can receive and integrate feedback constructively;
  • have presented and revised their presentations;
  • have actively engaged in peer review;
  • have participated in workshops;
  • have engaged in online and offline discussions.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to the course
Introduction to the course Details FREE 1 year, 4 months
The Academic Presentation
The Academic Presentation Details 3 months, 3 weeks
Types of Presentations
The formats Details 3 months, 3 weeks
Why communicate? Randel Kreitsberg Details 3 months, 3 weeks
3MT the 3 minute thesis Details 3 months, 3 weeks
The craft of storytelling
The craft of storytelling Details 3 months, 3 weeks
Storytelling Science Details 3 months, 3 weeks
Science and Media by Signe and Signe
Media and Science Details FREE 2 months, 1 week
Reading materials on communicating science
Non-compulsory reading Details FREE 2 months, 3 weeks
Media and Science part 2: Stories Details 2 months, 3 weeks
Camera Training
Camera Training Introduction Details FREE 2 months, 1 week

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