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Course module: BMB507611
Communicating Life Sciences
Course info
Course codeBMB507611
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondr. K.J. Koymans
Contactperson for the course
dr. K.J. Koymans
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P1_A  (06/09/2021 to 12/11/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkDates: 27 Oct 2021 - 12 Jan 2022 and 31 Mar - 16 Jun 2022. Registration via Osiris Student.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 up to and including 27/06/2021
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 23/08/2021 up to and including 20/09/2021
Waiting listYes
After the course the students can:
1. connect to knowledge and interests of their target group;
2. identify newsworthy subjects;
3. gather relevant information through an interview;
4. write and edit popular science articles.

Overall, students will learn what comprises a popular science story and get a feeling for society’s view of science. 
Period (from – till): this course is held twice a year. 
Period 1-2: 27 October 2021 – 12 January 2022
Period 3-4: 31 March – 16 June 2022 

Course coordinator/contact: Kirsten Koymans, PhD, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht: 
Lecturer: Connie Engelberts, MSc, freelance science editor
Course description
During this course, the participants will write and edit articles that can be shared with the Graduate School of Life Sciences. The course starts with three meetings in which the students learn to identify interests of their target group, practice interview techniques and exercise in popular science writing. In the second half of the course, the students will choose at least three subjects to write upon, featuring Utrecht Life Sciences research and other topics that are relevant for the community of the Graduate School. They will edit each other’s work and find ways to promote their news articles.

Until 2018 students published the Master for life magazine. Previous issues of Master for life magazine can be found here. More recent articles have been published through the GSLS instagram account

Programme (BMS_P1_A): 27 October 2021 – 12 January 2022
27-10-2021 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
03-11-2021 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
17-11-2021 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
01-12-2021 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
15-12-2021 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
12-01-2022 Wednesday 13:15 17:00

Programme (BMS_P3_A): 31 March – 16 June 2022 
31-03-2022 Thursday 13:15 17:00
07-04-2022 Thursday 13:15 17:00
21-04-2022 Thursday 13:15 17:00
12-05-2022 Thursday 13:15 17:00
25-05-2022 Wednesday 13:15 17:00
16-06-2022 Thursday 13:15 17:00

You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. The maximum number of participants is 12, with a minimum of 8.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, for all GSLS students. 
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Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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