Professional short courses & workshops

CPAS staff regularly run science communication short courses, specifically tailored to help scientists and teachers better communicate scientific research, or to help others to better understand the process and findings of science.

Whether would like to add value to your science, learn how to simply explain your research, be more relaxed during your public presentations or simply hone your communication skills, attend a CPAS short course.

CPAS Virtual Summer Program

Apply here for the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science Virtual Summer Program!

Intensive: Engaging for Policy Impact

Scientists around the world consistently list achieving tangible impacts on policy and practice as a core career goal. This course provides participants with the theory and the practical knowledge, skills and tools that are needed to operate more effectively at the science-policy interface.
Colin Clive & Dwight Frye in "Frankenstein", 1931

Intensive: Science and popular fiction

Films, television shows, novels, computer games and other forms of fiction can be a great way to communicate science, engage audiences with science and even to teach science creatively in the classroom. But how can we do this without mixing up fact and fiction?

Intensive: Science and the media

The mass media provide a critical venue for public science communication and opinion, but are your media skills up to date for the modern mass communication environment?

Intensive: Science communication and the web

Social media have changed the way we communicate science across the globe. But are you using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the rest to optimum effect?
Side view of a women's face and hair where a purple, blue, and white galaxy is overlaid onto of the head.

Intensive: Science Communication Project Design and Delivery

In this course, you’ll come up with a novel program idea, trial it, and report on your trial. This course is about creating your own original science communication project.
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Intensive: Science dialogue, deliberation and engagement

Science dialogue is increasingly touted as a critical approach for incorporating public opinion into policy about controversial science and technology. But do you know how to organise a science dialogue event and apply best practice theory to real world dialogical communication?

Intensive: Strategies in science communication

Communicating science on behalf of an organisation, corporation or government department can require big picture strategic thinking as well as finely planned tactical applications. This short course will help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to do this effectively.

Science, Technology and Public Policy

A graduate course co-convened by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and the Crawford School of Public Policy

Workshop: Communicating science using traditional and social media

Why use the different media channels? To what end? What are the theoretical underpinnings of best practice, and how can it be incorporated into your strategies?
Alan Alda in an improv workshop.

Workshop: Improvisation tools for communicating science

This workshop uses improvisation techniques developed in the theatre to help those who need to communicate become more spontaneous, direct, personal and responsive.

Workshop: Science communication for ANU staff & students

Today, more than ever before, scientists are required to communicate their research to industry, government, the media and the public.

Workshop: Strategic consultation workshop

Are you struggling to translate the goals of your organisation into a strategic plan of communication and tactical communication products?
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Workshop: Using science in persuasive and strategic communication

This workshop is designed to introduce the latest research into effective persuasive and strategic communication in the context of science.

Workshop: Using stories to communicate science

This workshop will show you how to turn your work into a story. You will learn how to distil your work or research down to its essential elements and practice techniques for conveying this to a range of audiences.