Webinar: Participatory approaches for teaching science communication (members only)

7 March 2024, 14:00 to 15:00 CET (Central European Time)

PCST’s Teaching Forum will host a webinar themed: Participatory approaches for teaching science communication on 7 March 2024 from 14:00 to 15:00 CET (Central European Time).

Science communication is being taught around the world, from a single course or module to a full programme of one or two years. Science communication itself increasingly becomes an activity in which publics actively engage and interact; this approach is often reflected in the way in which science communication is taught. Instead of merely providing information to students, students engage in and influence their learning process. Study activities are often problem or challenge-based and students are teamed up with external clients for whom they design an intervention.

Following a mapping project – the GlobalSCAPE project which has mapped science communication programmes worldwide – the Teaching Forum takes a closer look at the practical experiences from around the world, starting with this webinar, in which three speakers will present briefly about their teaching experiences.


Chairperson: April Eichmeier, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, United States

Centering critical and culturally relevant pedagogy in the graduate science communication classroom

Nic Bennett, The University of Texas at Austin; The University of Michigan; Science Identities Project, United States
Teaching inclusive science communication to natural science graduate students goes far beyond instilling skills and confidence. To transform the culture of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to one of belonging, we must intentionally center culture and identity in science communication practices. In this workshop, Nic will share an arts-based activity sequence that makes visible identity, power, and culture in science communication practices. This activity sequence helps students name their own intersectional identities and begin to connect their sources of culture, identity, and power to their own science communication activities.

The Trojan Horse of Public Engagement: Do you want to learn public speaking skills? Let us give you so much more!

Alexandra Anghelescu (Tiganas), University of Bucharest, Romania
Based on the “Games of Science” two years of data and the research surrounding this project, the presentation will focus on:

  • what drives the interest of young researchers in “getting out of the lab” and focus on some form of communication
  • how to lower the threshold for participation in any public-facing training for them
  • what tools work better for accelerating the change in attitudes and self-efficacy when it comes to interacting with the public
  • how to track the impact of such an intervention

Northern MedTalks: Co-creating powerful presentations with medical professionals to engage public audiences

Michelle Reid, Laurentian University, Canada
The Science Communication Graduate Program at Laurentian University is uniquely positioned to provide experiential learning opportunities for students through our partnership with our local science centre, Science North. We collaboratively run an annual public engagement event called Northern MedTalks, where medical professionals, healthcare providers and patient advocates pair with students to co-produce powerful presentations to engage public audiences. This multiway mentorship process, where students and professionals exchange skills and knowledge (science communication skills and subject matter expertise), enables students to learn alongside course instructors and public engagement experts as they plan, execute, evaluate, and reflect upon this public event together.

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