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Summer School Science Communication

From 8-12 July 2019, we are organizing a summer school for researchers who want to learn about communicating science to diverse audiences. This summer school is funded as part of the "startimpuls" of the NWA (National Research Agenda).

The Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA) is based on questions from Dutch society, and research projects within the routes of the NWA should include a link with society and a way to communicate the outcomes of the project to society. The public wants answers, explanations and interaction. 

Are you interested in learning more about how to communicate about your research with other audiences than the scientific community? Are you available for 1 week from 8-12 July? Then we have an interesting opportunity for you.

The NWA-routes ‘The quantum/nano-revolutionand ‘Building blocks of matter and fundaments of space and timeare offering a summer school about science communication from 8-12 July 2019 for researchers within or related to these fields. Over the span of one week, you will get theoretical perspectives about science communication, practice skills and apply all of that in the development of a product to share your own research field. Science Communication scientists from Leiden University will guide you through the process, providing you insights and inspiration.

We are inviting young researchers (PhD, postdoc, or early career) to join our summer school. Registration is free, but we do ask you to provide a motivation letter and short CV. We have space for 20 participants and will make a selection based on those documents. Researchers within the NWA will have priority, but others are welcome as well. 


The program will include:

  • Introduction to science communication, inspiration on SC products.
  • Lectures on communication theory, target audiences, how to include outreach in funding proposals, literature and best practices.
  • Presentations by guest speakers about their experiences with different types of science communication.
  • Workshops on writing, presenting and storytelling.
  • Throughout the week, participants will develop their own product which will be presented at the end of the week.

The summer school will take place in The Hague (Monday July 8) and Leiden (Tuesday-Friday 9-12 July). The program will last from 9-17h each day. Coffee/tea and lunch will be provided, as well as a closing reception on Friday.


Do you want to participate? Please fill out the application form. We ask you to include a short CV (max 1 page) and a motivational letter (max 1 page) in which you cover:

  • Why you want to participate,
  • What specifically you hope to learn, and
  • Your experience in science communication (no previous experience is required, we just want to know the level of experience of the participants).

Deadline for registration: 31 May 2019. Shortly after that, we will let you know if you were admitted. 

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