Science Communication [LLS12]

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Teachers: Athina Vidaki, Fred Balvert, Reinoud de Jongh and invited speakers. Course coordinator: Lisanne Dommershuijsen.

Course fee

€ 280


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


As a researcher, you will be trained to communicate your research findings to colleagues by means of a poster, a conference talk, or a scientific publication. But fellow scientists are not the only target group for our results, we often want to further disseminate our findings. Are we well equipped to communicate our research findings to a wider audience and what does it take to do this properly?

In four half-day sessions we will explore some of the basic principles of science communication. In the lectures we will discuss topics such as what is meant by societal impact, how to determine the target group of your research and how to communicate to different audiences. In subsequent interactive sessions, you will implement the gained knowledge in several exercises using your own research.

The live sessions for this course will take place on

  • Monday 25 April
  • Thursday 28 April
  • Monday 2 May
  • Thursday 5 May


In this course, students:

  • Learn how to effectively communicate their study results to a wide audience;
  • Learn about different communication channels;
  • Learn what the difference between scientific and societal impact is;
  • Learn in which ways societal impact can be achieved;
  • Acquire basic skills in writing popular texts and making popular videos;
  • Acquire skills to explain their study results in an easy-to-understand language;
  • Reflect on their own skills and competences as a science communicator.

Participant profile

Students in the MSc Health Sciences programme (120 EC) and MSc Clinical Research programme (120 EC), and external participants.


Attendance, Assignment(s)

Reduction on fees


No fees are charged for participation of Erasmus MC PhD candidates

Please note that in case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.

50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

UMIT, Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology Assessment.

25% reduction on our fees for Erasmus MC employees

For participants formally appointed at all departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above and Erasmus MC PhD candidates).

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD student.