Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
Please read the published information on the individual courses carefully.

860-0017-00L  Science Communication

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersA. Wenger, M. Dunn Cavelty, C. Elhardt
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 10.

STP Students have priority.


AbstractSuccessful dissemination of scientific results to policy-makers and the wider public is an essential skill at the intersection of science, technology and policy making. This course looks at the expectations and needs of different target groups and teaches “best practices” for different modes of communication via a variety of exercises.
ObjectiveThe aim of this course is to learn about science communication in theory and learn how to apply this knowledge in practice through different formats and media, aimed at different audiences.
ContentIn this course, we will analyze the particular prerequisites for the successful dissemination of scientific results to policy-makers and the wider public. To get a better understanding of the expectations and needs of different target groups we will look at different formats and will also invite guest speakers from science communication jobs to share their experiences and discuss common problems. The final part of this course consists of practical applications and exercises. Proceeding in a 'draft/revise/submit'-manner, students will have to present a scientific project (possibly linked to a case study) in different formats (e.g. newspaper contribution and policy brief). Faculty will supervise the writing process and provide reviews and comments on drafts.
Lecture notesPapers are made available for the participants of this course through Moodle. The book used for the 2nd part of the course "Escape from the Ivory Tower" can be bought from the instructors
LiteraturePapers are made available for the participants of this course through Moodle. The book used for the 2nd part of the course "Escape from the Ivory Tower" can be bought from the instructors
Prerequisites / NoticeThe total number of students is 10. MSc students, PhD students and postdocs with a science and technology background have priority; weekly meetings of minimum 2, maximum 3 hours during FS (Spring Semester) 2017, 6 ETCS (approx. 39 contact hours + 141 hours for preparations and exercises); grading based on the exercises and final products (policy briefs, op eds) on a 1-6 point scale