University of Washington School of Public Health

CENV 500 Communicating Science to the Public Interdisciplinary Course



Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)

Winter 2018
3 credits (Credit/No Credit)
Meets Wednesdays 1:30-4:20pm
This is a seminar, discussion-based course for graduate students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for sharing scientific research with non-specialists. At the end of the quarter, each student will present a 20 minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the 2018 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

In this course, students will:
- Develop and practice several analogies to distill their research
- Create a variety of concise research-promoting statements
- Practice story-telling and audience consideration
- Use improvisation as a public speaking tool
- Engage in weekly readings and discussions
- Hear from guest speakers on science communication

Space is limited to 15 students, and the course fills quickly, often with an extensive waiting list. Thus, we have an application process and an expectation agreement which must be completed for a student to be enrolled. The student application is available here, and must be submitted by November 15, 2017.

General information about Engage: The Science Speaker Series and Seminar

What others have written:
Science Students Learn to Tell Stories The Seattle Times
Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum The Intersection at Discover Blogs
Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling UW Today

If you have any questions about the course, please email Katie Baker,