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If we want to show the impact of our research, we can’t do so without science communication. But how do you go about communicating science? Where do you start as a science communication novice? And how do you take your communication to a higher level? On this page, you will find websites, articles, videos and blogs with valuable information for anyone wanting to enter the arena of science communication and contact with the general public. This list was compiled with the aid of the Young Academy Leiden Outreach Group.

Science communication for beginners

So you want to tell people outside the academic world what your research is about but are unsure how to go about this or where to begin? The resources below will help you get started:

Also take a look in the Courses and Training section. You may see something that appeals there.

Practical tips for writing, blogging and presenting

Writing an accessible, non-academic text about your research is not always easy. It takes another approach, writing style and choice of words than academic texts. And lectures for the general public need a different approach from ones for your peers. Below are a number of articles with practical tips on presenting, writing and blogging about your research for a non-academic audience.

Social media

Social media is a good tool for communicating about your research. This can be to your peers or a more general public. The articles below will help you decide whether science communication on social media is right for you and how to go about it.

Why science communication at all?

If you are wondering why it could be worth being in contact with the general public or would like to find out more about the theory behind science communication:

Courses and training

At Leiden University we offer various training courses on the theme of science communication:

If you are looking for training in a particular science-communication skill that is not mentioned here, please contact the Science Communication Adviser at SCM so we can consider the options.

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