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Speak Science Simply

Bridging The Gap Between Science and Community

We are living in a time when misinformation has gained momentum, putting the scientific community at a disadvantage. Our society has become increasingly digital, and dependent on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for news and social interaction. In order to raise awareness of the value of science, the scientific community needs to adapt and fill existing communication gaps, take control of scientific narratives, and connect with audiences.

How does this program help?

Speak Science Simply is an outreach program that aims to provide individuals involved in science and research with the skills and confidence to communicate effectively and share their work with the general public. The program has been designed to be applicable across fields and, through eight engaging modules, provides the foundation and skills needed to connect with government, industry, and the community.

Who is this program for?

The program is free, open to all, and has no prerequisites but space is limited. A waiting list is available for those who are unable to enroll in their desired modules(s). The modules are independent and do not need to be taken sequentially.

For additional program information, please contact Dr. Cecilia Bukutu.

Register today!

Registration is now open. To register for one or more Speak Science Simply modules, click here (you will be asked to create a student account and directed to our online course selector).

Course Modules

  • X-SSS 81, Speak Science Simply: Persuasive Science Storytelling Techniques
  • X-SSS 82, Speak Science Simply: Science Interview Toolkit
  • X-SSS 83, Speak Science Simply: Navigating Scientific Controversy
  • X-SSS 84, Speak Science Simply: Writing Science Simply & Succinctly
  • X-SSS 85, Speak Science Simply: Communicating Data and Statistics to the Public
  • X-SSS 86, Speak Science Simply: Communicating Science for Policy
  • X-SSS 87, Speak Science Simply: Leveraging Social Media for Science
  • X-SSS 88, Speak Science Simply: Science to Business Communication

Course Schedule

Course CodeCourseDatesTimeInstructor(s)
X-SSS 81Speak Science Simply: Persuasive Science Storytelling TechniquesTuesdays, March 30, April 6 and 13
Total instructional hours: 6
6:00 – 8:00 PMDr. Patrick Kamau
X-SSS 82Speak Science Simply: Science Interview ToolkitTuesdays, April 20, 27, May 4
Total instructional hours: 6
6:00 – 8:00 PMDr. Patrick Kamau
X-SSS 83Speak Science Simply: Navigating Scientific ControversyTuesdays, May 11, 18, and 25
Total instructional hours: 6 *
6:00 – 8:00 PMDr. Brent Bradford
X-SSS 84Speak Science Simply: Writing Science Simply and SuccinctlyTuesdays, June 1, 8*, and 15
Total instructional hours: 6 *
6:00 – 8:00 PMDr. Brent Bradford
X-SSS 85Speak Science Simply: Communicating Data and Statistics to the PublicWednesdays, June 16 and 23
Total instructional hours: 6
6:00 – 9:00 PMDr. Emmanuel Mapfumo
X-SSS 86Speak Science Simply: Communicating Science for PolicySaturday, June 26
Total instructional hours: 6
9:00 AM – 3:00 PMDr. Ramses Ilarraza
X-SSS 87Speak Science Simply: Leveraging Social Media for ScienceThursdays, July 8 and 15
Total instructional hours: 5
5:30 – 8:00 PMDr. Cecilia Bukutu
Ms. Bridget Burgess
X-SSS 88Speak Science Simply: Science to Business CommunicationSaturdays, Aug 7, 14, 21, and 28,
Total instructional hours:6 **
10:00 – 11:30 AMDr. Isha Katyal
*Additional 1-hour asynchronous class per week
** Additional 3-hour asynchronous class per week

Register today!

Acknowledgements

Concordia University of Edmonton strongly believes in the moral obligation of post-secondary institutions with science programs to ensure that research findings and other scientific information are appropriately and effectively disseminated to the public.

Speak Science Simply is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the Science Communications Skills grant 555678-2020. We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Nous remercions le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de son soutien.

Research at Concordia University of Edmonton is also supported by the Research Support Fund, a Tri-Agency initiative that assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with costs associated with managing research funded by the federal research granting agencies.