Program Description

The Science Communication Badge 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 only offering one of the badges. You can still read about the others and see what is coming soon. This is a continuous enrolment program designed to give you flexibility in how you decide to structure your learning. 

The goal of this program is to activate all of the badges and create a certificate program that will enable University of Calgary graduate students on diverse career paths in academia, government, industry and non-profit to gain essential teaching and learning skills and knowledge. 

Important Information

The Fall 2020 schedule is now available.

Our program is currently full, but students are still welcome to inquire about the badges.

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.

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

 

 

  • 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

Right now, only the Basics of Science Communication badge is being offered. As time goes on we hope to offer the other badges listed below.

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 Science Communication

Basics of Science Communciation

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.

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Verbal Science Communication

Verbal Science Communication

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.

Visual Science Communication

Visual Science Communication

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.

 

Written Science Communication

Written Science Communication

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.

Social Media and Science Communication

Social Media and Science Communication

Social media is becoming more and more prevalent in today's world. In the age of the internet, navigating the proper avenues to communicate science is important for any scientist. Learn about different social media platforms and their abilities to help you communicate your science.