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Science Communication Certificate Program

Improve your science communication skills and your graduate school experience by participating in the first ever certificate program in science communication at UCalgary

Program Description

The Science Communication Certificate Program offers you an opportunity to develop science communication expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education. 

Throughout the program, you’ll develop skills and confidence in writing, speaking and creating visuals to communicate science. You’ll also document your understanding of teaching and learning into a robust dossier that reflects your evolving experience, goals and skills.

We are currently offering both the verbal and visual badges. You can read about the others and see which badges will be offered next. This is a continuous enrolment program designed to give you flexibility in how you decide to structure your learning. 

The goal of this certificate is to empower University of Calgary graduate students to use exceptional communication while they pursue diverse career paths in academia, government, industry and non-profit to gain essential teaching and learning skills and knowledge. 

Important Information

The Verbal and Visual badges are now available for signup!

Current badge completion requirements apply whether you have taken face-to-face or remote courses.

Click here to view the technology requirements for students taking online, remote and blended courses.

To apply for the Certificate, you must have completed a minimum of four badges from this program.

Questions? 
Contact brooke.belanger2@ucalgary.ca


You will learn to

  • Articulate your science to any audience in any capacity comfortably
  • Use your writing skills in a variety of manners that include better grant writing, lay abstract writing, pop science articles, and journal articles.
  • Visualize your science in a way that is easy for people of all backgrounds to understand
  • Create videos to depict your science in a fun and educational way

 

 

  • Utilize social media in a beneficial way to empower your research and the scientific community
  • Be able to spread information about science to others in a constructive and positive way
  • Interact with people of all backgrounds to elevate science and bring your research to a wider audience

Program Format

Exciting news! After the success of our 2020/2021 Basics of Science Communication badge, Written Science Communication Badge, and Video Communication Badge, we are excited to be able to offer the visual communication badge this coming semester. Stay tuned and watch your e-mails for when these two badges will begin to roll out!

Badges are digital icons with embedded information about when, where and how they were earned. These microcredentials provide a visual record of achievement, and can be combined with a portfolio to allow users to demonstrate their learning in ways other than traditional credit course work. More information on badges can be found at UCalgary Badges.

Basics of Scicomm Badge

Basics of Science Communication Badge

This program is an exciting new training opportunity in science communication is being offered to graduate students and post-docs. Each week is a different topic, including how to identify an audience, how to tell a story, writing for different audiences including the layman's abstract, writing for public consumption, visuals and graphics, oral communication and pitches, and social media.

 

Our last offering was in the Fall of 2020. Stay tuned for more info and our next registration cycle!

Visual Science Communication Badge

Visual Science Communication

Registration for Fall 2022 NOW OPEN

Visual portrayals of science are found everywhere. Learning how to depict your science in an effective and appealing way is essential for any scientist, especially graduate students. This badge focuses on the principles of design and how to use them for your science.


Starting November 3rd, this program runs for 5 weeks, from 3-5pm every week.

Badge Website

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Verbal Science Communication

Verbal Science Communication

Registration for Fall 2022 NOW OPEN

Speaking at conferences, giving poster presentations, talking at lab meetings; all of these situations are common for graduate students, but very few are comfortable with it. In collaboration with the Loose Moose Theatre and improv coach Dennis Cahill, this badge is focused on getting you more comfortable speaking publicly through the thrill of theatre improvisation.

 

Starting October 12th, this program runs for 6 weeks, from 2-4pm every week.

Badge Website

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Video Science Communication

Video Science Communication

Last offered Winter 2022

Video communication is becoming a big part of our world. TikTok, Instagram, and many other social media platforms are adopting short videos as a major form of communicating. Learning how to record, edit, and produce film is important now more than ever. In this badge, learn from experts in the field on how best to interview, make your shot list, edit your film, and create something fun to watch.

 

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Written Scicomm Badge

Written Science Communication

Last offered Fall 2021

Scientific articles, pop science, and graduate theses are all examples of science writing. Writing is probably one of the most common practices for any graduate student, which is why being comfortable with it is essential. Learn from professional writers and published authors about how to improve your writing and get published.

 

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