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EIT Food

Science Communication and Public Engagement

EIT Food , Università di Torino and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via FutureLearn


Define your message and share your findings through social and traditional media

Please note this course runs without facilitation

Good science communication ensures the public engage with and understand relevant scientific research. On this course, you will learn how best to share your science findings with your intended audience.

You’ll explore how the relationship between society and science has evolved over time, and find out how traditional and social media can be used to share research. You’ll learn to identify your target audience and define your message to build a shareable story.

You’ll also discover guidelines for working with journalists, and how to host small events to share information with the public.

The course is designed for scientists and researchers who wish to communicate the results and theory of their field(s) of study to the public.

This includes graduate and postgraduate students, academic staff of all career levels, and scientists not working in academia.


  • Introduction to science communication and public engagement
    • Welcome to the course
    • Why science communication?
    • Let's get started: goal and audience
  • Finding your message and delivering it
    • Creating your message
    • Delivering your message
  • Communicating through journalists and institutional initiatives
    • Journalism and science
    • Institutional aspects of science communication
    • Conclusion and goodbyes

Taught by

Alessandro Cicerale


3.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 32 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    This is a good introduction to science communication. However, students with English as a first language will find some of the translations and transcriptions difficult to understand. Also, the use of an interpreter speaking over the Spanish presenter is distracting.
  • Millie B.
    I found this to be a good introduction to communicating science with the wider public. I found the second week to be the most useful to me, as it introduced ideas I’d not come across before.

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