Science Communication Skills for Press Officers

A free, self-paced online course to teach press officers how to communicate science to journalists and the public.


If you work with a scientific organisation and one of your roles is to engage with the media or write any content for public consumption, then the Science Communication Skills for Press Officers free online course is for you. It is a self-directed course, meaning you can log in and learn at your own time.

Why this course?

The course will improve your ability to get the media interested in science and present it to them in a language they understand. Upon successful completion of the course you will get a certificate.

What’s included?

The course has 10 short, user-friendly and interactive modules:

Module 1: The basics of scientific research

Module 2: What make news in science

Module 3: How to spot the news in a scientific paper

Module 4: How to interpret research findings

Module 5: How to spot the story in a technical report

Module 6: How to simplify science without compromising its meaning

Module 7: How to simplify numbers and statistics

Module 8: How to make science interesting to journalists

Module 9: How to find and work with science journalists

Module 10: Ethics and controversies in using research evidence

This course is brought to you as part of the Script project, which is made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and implemented by SciDev.Net. For further information visit the Script web page.

For any queries about the course please email [email protected].

Your Instructor

Dr. Charles Wendo
Dr. Charles Wendo

Training Coordinator,

Scientist I Journalist I Science Journalist

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is not open for enrollment.