Communicating Your Science Workshop

Applications are now open for 2018

The next workshop will be held from 23-25th April 2018 at the glorious Chicheley Hall (owned by The Royal Society).

Note: We will contact your supervisor for a reference using the email you have provided for them and also keep you updated by email on the progress of your application.

An important part of science is getting your results and ideas across to others, through papers, presentations, theses, grant proposals, conversations and interviews. Your audience may include specialists in the field, those from other disciplines, industry, or the general public.

How can you best communicate your science?

This workshop brings together experts in different fields – writers, broadcasters, publishers, industrialists, computer scientists, and presenters – to help you explore and develop your communication skills.  Working together with others on the course you will learn how to structure presentations, develop writing skills, bridge disciplines and have hands-on experience of broadcasting.

The Genetics Society will cover travel (within the UK only), accommodation and meals for successful applicants.

Tutors are likely to include :

Enrico Coen (Author and Professor of Genetics at the John Innes Centre, Norwich)
Helen Keen (Award winning comedy writer and performer; author of the Radio 4 series, “It Is Rocket Science!”)
The Naked Scientists (Presenters of the award winning Naked Scientists radio show and podcast)
Alison Woollard (Presenter of the 2013 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures and Lecturer at University of Oxford)

Jonathan Pettitt (Reader in Genetics, University of Aberdeen)

Who can attend?

The course is open to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers working in genetics and related areas. 20 places are available for this course.

The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 21 March 2018. The deadline for supervisor references is midday on Wednesday 28 March 2018. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 4 April 2018.


Once you have logged in to the mySociety membership portal, please select “Me and the GS” followed by “Grants” from the options at the top of the page, and then choose the Training Grant.

Please note that your application will need to be accompanied by a supporting letter from your supervisor and confirmation of their Genetics Society membership will be required.

2013 Gallery, comments and podcasts

2014 Workshop Gallery

Listen to the 2015 podcasts from Team 1, Team 2, Team 3

2016 Workshop Gallery Listen to 2016 podcasts from Team 1, Team 2, Team 3

2017 Workshop Gallery Listen to 2017 Podcasts from Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4

Feedback from previous Workshops include:

This was one of the best workshops I have attended. I have learned a lot of new skills and it feels they all sank in without me having to refer back to any notes. In fact I can’t stop talking about it. The organisers were very friendly and approachable as well as knowledgeable. Chicheley Hall  is a beautiful venue and I think it really added something special to the whole experience.
Ozge Ozkaya

A fantastic workshop! Every session was stimulating and there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the three days. Each task allowed us to push ourselves, be creative and really apply the principles we had learnt.  I only wish the workshop had been longer! I came away with great enthusiasm, having learnt so much and having met so many nice people.
Claire Bushell

A truly excellent course that I think all scientists should attend! It was a great opportunity to meet other aspiring scientists and to be inspired by amazing speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed it – one of the best courses I have been on. Thank you!
Lizzie Wood

What an absolutely wonderful experience! Apart from trying my hand at story telling,TV-­‐show-­‐writing and podcast-­‐making, I learned so much about these various Aspects of science communication. It has definitely opened my eyes to the opportunities out there, and I am more confident and eager to apply the skills I learned.
Stefanie Knappe

This workshop was a fun and thought-provoking experience, in a wonderful location. I genuinely enjoyed meeting and working with a mix of people, and taking the time to step back and think about my work in a different way. I would recommend to anyone who has even the slightest interest in developing their communication skills.
Nick Groves-Kirby