We are committed to making science more accessible to the public. Science isn’t always easy to access or to understand. This initiative aims to improve training in science communication for researchers across training levels to make our research easy to understand and available for anyone to learn!

When: Friday, October 27, 2023 @12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: To be determined 
Registration: Click here!

Following is under construction:

The ‘RU Communicating Science?’ training program aims to provide foundational skills to:

    1. introduce core components of science communication across different audiences, outlets, and modalities,
    2. provide introductory conceptual and technical skills to communicate  science,
    3. engage with a diverse public about science in an accessible manner, and
    4. develop and share resources to broaden the reach of accessible psychological science.

  •  Semesterly workshops (1 in fall; 1 in spring)

  • “Hour of action” each semester to apply new skills

  • Create content (video, written, visual)

  • Share materials with our community

Here are examples of topics that we have covered in our workshop last year. Note that this year we will be diving into 1-2 topics only.

  1. Back to the Basics– Foundational skills: Knowing your audience, knowing your message, understanding psychology of communication

  2. The Spoken Word: Oral communication skills and improvisation (e.g., effective use of language, streamlining the message, engaging audience, consider the setting)

  3. It Takes a Village: Communicating clinical science with stakeholders (e.g., policy) and community partners 

  4. Meet the Public Where They Are: How to write for the public (e.g., writing an Op-Ed or blog, finding outlets, making a pitch) and policy-makers (e.g., policy memo)

  5. Visualizing Clinical Science: Effective use of multimedia and visual aids in communicating clinical science (e.g., infographics, identifying and using photos, videos)

  6. Make it Social: Using social media as a direct outlet (e.g., Reddit, Instagram, TikTok)

  7. Writing to make change: Dive in deeper into writing effective op-eds, including practical tips for timing delivery and selecting an outlet

  8. Podcasts: What, where, and when: Speak to your audience directly by joining as a guest or starting your own. 

  9. Media Training: Learn about media representatives at your university and how they can help you communicate science more broadly and in different formats.


  • 10/27 – “RU Communicating Science?” Training event

  • Hour of Action (date TBD)