a crash course on scientific writing and more for science and engineering graduate students and researchers
Communicating Science is a short course aimed at STEM graduate students and early stage researchers, with the objective of enabling them to convey their work more effectively and efficiently to their colleagues. Researchers spend a significant fraction of their time on communication tasks, e.g. preparing journal papers, internal reports, theses, lectures, posters and research proposals. However they often lack formal training in these tasks. Communicating Science aims to fill this gap.
We chose the course title Communicating Science rather than a more conventional name like scientific writing, because the tasks demand much more than writing. Much of the scientific story is conveyed through photographs, illustrations, diagrams and graphs, and their design is as essential as the “writing”. And often the scientific story is presented orally, e.g. as lectures or posters at conferences.
The web site provides information on our short course, and resources for students, researchers, scientific writing instructors, and writing center tutors.