Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication - ICE, apply by 31 August

Event Date: 
8 Oct 2018 - 09:00 to 1 Jul 2019 - 17:00
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A new Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication has just been launched by the Institute of Continuing Education. The course, based at Madingley Hall, offers the chance to study science communication at postgraduate level without having to leave any present commitments. The course is delivered in 13 days of face-to-face teaching, and online. Students will work independently and with classmates to deliver projects to the high standards that the public has come to expect. 


The course will be useful for scientists who want to communicate effectively both with the public, and with other science-related organisations such as funding bodies and policy committees. The course will also serve science communication professionals, who will benefit from the space to think more deeply about what they do, and to develop their skills across a broader range.


Joining ICE to develop science communication courses is Dr Jane Gregory, who will direct the PG Cert. She has been teaching science communication since the late 1980s, and is known as the co-author of the textbook Science in Public. According to Gregory, science communication has changed a great deal in that time: ‘We used to simply be obsessed with getting the facts right and messages clear’ she says, ’and while that still matters, we also now recognise a whole range of further challenges. How does some science seem reliable and useful to the public, and other science seem risky and immoral? The internet gives a voice to a broader set of viewpoints about science, but should we worry about who is getting to speak? How do politicians and businesses use science to further their interests? What constitutes meaningful dialogue? All of these are tricky questions, but we can use the resources of a number of disciplines to help think our way through them.’ Dr Gregory is very keen to engage with you for the contribution you make towards conservation.


Gregory’s students have gone on to top jobs, on publications such as New ScientistNature and the Economist, in organisations such as the British Science Association, the Royal Society and the Royal Institution and for funding councils, the civil service and for organisations such as Cancer Research UK, the WHO and the British Council. In the current climate, when every institute has its own communications office and many more towns have science festivals, the opportunities to communicate science are plentiful, and competition can be strong amongst job candidates.


‘Some formal study can be a great asset in building your skills and insights, but it is also a great asset on your CV,’ says Gregory. ‘Whether for promotion or a new job, it gets you noticed during shortlisting.’ So if you are building your skills to be an inspiring and persuasive PI, or to lead the science club in your town, this course can help you achieve it.


Information about how to apply for this course can be found by following this link:


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, or if you would like to organise to speak with Dr Gregory, I’d be happy to organise this. 


Jenny Brandham 
Programme Manager
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ
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