Communication skills in outreach and teaching

April 8, 2021 – September 17, 2021 all-day

When: Online seminar series on Thursdays (9:00-11:00) from 8 April to 1 July 2021; Physical workshop in Bergen September 13-17, 2021
Organizers: Mirjam Glessmer and Kjersti Daae at UiB and iEarth
Credit points: 2(3) ECTS
Registration form here (deadline: 15 March)

Course description

To become a successful scientist you must master a variety of skills. The science itself is one of these skills, but you will also need to communicate your science with peers and a wider audience. This course covers aspects of pedagogics and didactics related to teaching and learning of climate sciences and generic skills in communication, outreach, and public debates. The objectives are:
1. To build a network of young climate researchers from both CHESS and iEarth that have a common understanding of the role of climate science in society, their agency as scientists, and best practice methods of communication.
2. To get training in using cutting-edge, science-based methods and tools to communicate climate science to (i) the general public, using, for example, Social Media and science poetry, and (ii) students of climate sciences and related topics at high school and university level
3. To practice communication skills and present examples of best-practice implementations of science communication or science teaching activities to your peers and the general public.

Learning outcome: Participants will be able to:
• choose viable, research-based formats (e.g., Social Media, science poetry) and methods and develop activities in which they present their Ph.D. topic to a lay audience
• draw on a network of informed peers for feedback and ideas related to science communication and education activities
• evaluate the effectiveness of science communication and education activities
• reflect on, and continuously improve existing activities

Course organization: 11 weekly 90 minutes digital seminars with short inputs on science communication and education topics, leading up to a one-week workshop for interaction and feedback.


Digital lecture series:

The online lecture series will take place on Thursdays 09:00-11:00 from 08.04.2021

8. April Introductions Mirjam, Kjersti ++
15. April Learning as acquisition vs. learning as participation. Exploring two different ways of thinking about learning. Ivar Nordmo
22. April Justice, equity, diversity, inclusion in science Virginia Schutte (adjust for time zones)
29. April Culture and change Torgny Roxå
6. May Science communications Virginia Schutte (adjust for time zones)
Move to another day due to ascension day? Tuesday? Tips for good outreach J. Bakke
20. May Geoscience learning Kikki Kleiven
27. May Science poetry Sam Illingsworth (adjust for time zones)
3. June (collision with iearth in Rosendahl)
10. June Students as partners Catherine Bovill
Matthias Lundmark
17. June Networking and mentoring Mirjam Glessmer
24. June Supervision Anders Ahlberg
1. July Field teaching Rie Malm ++ (unconfirmed)


Program for the Bergen week 13-17. September