Science Communication workshop

‘Science Communication’ workshop for students and ECRs in the mineral sciences


The Mineralogical Society, the Applied Mineralogy Group and the Mineral Deposits Studies Group have organized a writing workshop for students and early career researchers. The course is designed to help us think about how to represent information about our research to make it readable by non-specialists. Please register below if you are interested in attending. This course is open to all. There is no charge and the course will consist of five weekly, one-hour sessions from 22 January–19 February 2021.

The course will be delivered by Rowena Fletcher-Wood, an environmental chemist and a science communications tutor with 13 years of experience. Rowena invites you to:

“Migrate your science from research report to public understanding! Cement your skills by compacting your message, identifying your audience’s interests, and getting to the core of self-evaluation. We will apprehend fundamental bloopers and introduce techniques such as storytelling and narrative structure to provide a solid foundation for any written piece.

In this interactive 5-part series of training modules, we will cycle through writing for children, the general public and for policymakers and talk about the importance of platform, curriculum, and purpose. We’ll mention graphs, diagrams and equations, and provide you with resources to take away. There will be an opportunity for discussion in every session, and additional individualised editorial feedback.

Taking the time to be insightful could change the way you write about science – and think about your work.”

We plan to review a number of pieces of writing during the final session and, if resources allow, offer feedback on all submitted work. The Mineralogical Society will publish all final pieces on its website, with a few selected for publication in the Society pages of Elements magazine.

This series of workshops is open to all and is free of charge.