Programme Overview

Science Communication in the Post-COVID19 Era

Has ever been a more critical moment to effectively engage lay audiences with science and technology? This course is meant to bring awareness and perspectives towards the shifting paradigms related to the global events that we are living in. We want to provide an exhausting overview of the pillars that we believe ought be the foundation of a correct and meaningful science communication. Join us for a course given by some of the maximum experts in the field of science communication!

MODULE 1 – Science communication writing and storytelling


• Prof. Laura Bowater - University of East Anglia. Chair in Microbiology Education and Engagement and Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement
• Prof. Deborah Blum - Knight Science Journalism Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program and Founder and Editor-in-chief of the Undark Online Magazine. Scientific journalist and Book writer


• Writing for a lay-audience
• Science news coverage
• Editorial independency

MODULE 2 – Build an online community to foster science education


• Alice Hazelton - Frontiers, Head of Program

• Dr. Agueda Gras-Velazquez - European Schoolnet. Science Programme Manager / Head of the Science Education Department


• Curating dialogues for impact
• Fact-based decisions
• Democratising science-education

MODULE 3 – Navigating fake news and alternative facts


• Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky - University of Bristol. Chair in Cognitive Psychology. Expert in the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread
• Dr. Roberta Villa - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Subject matter expert, Social media and general media broadcaster.

• Prof. Massimo Polidoro - C.I.C.A.P. (Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences), Co-founder and General Secretary, Author, Lecturer, Social media and TV broadcaster


• Investigating pseudoscience
• Psychology and Fake news
• Social media and Public discussion


MODULE 4 – Risk communication and community engagement


• Dr. Margaret Harris - World Health Organization. Public Health Doctor, WHO/OMS spokesperson

• Prof. Iain Stewart - University of Plymouth, Royal Scientific Society in Jordan UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, Professor, Mainstream television broadcaster


• Risk management communication
• Crisis communication
• Public engagement


MODULE 5 – Science and Society


Dr. Ana Godinho – CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Head of Communications and Outreach

Dr. Philipp Burkard – Director, Science et Cité


• Science communication models
• Science diplomacy
• Science communication project management


CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE – Microbes in the public arena


Prof. Gilbert Greub - Director of the Institute of Microbiology of the University Hospital of Lausanne (Switzerland). Chef de Service and head of medical microbiology at the University Hospital of Lausanne


·         Public engagement through role play games
·         Media and microbiology
·         Past and present pandemics

Professionals : CHF 1,000

External students : CHF 800

UNIGE students : CHF 200


If you are a student from a low income country: possibility to apply for a scholarship (course fees and housing included). Please explain your motivation in your motivation letter.


NEW! Register for the "Course + Accommodation Package"!

Participants choosing the package, can register through us for housing at the Cité universitaire de Genève. Please thorougly read our instructions before filling in the application form.

Please note that only a limited number of rooms are available for that course. All applications are handled on a first come first served basis and assignments will be subject to availability.

Professionals (course + accommodation): CHF 1,336

External students (course + accommodation) : CHF 1,136

Course directors:

Prof. Christoph Renner
Vice-Dean, Professor, Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Faculty of Science, UNIGE

Massimo Caine
Chargée d’information, Editor-in-chief, TheScienceBreaker, Faculty of Science, UNIGE