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Course module: BMB507611
Communicating Life Sciences
Course info
Course codeBMB507611
Course goals
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. 24 September 2023 – 16 November 2023 (BMS_P1_A) and 25 April 2024 - 27 June 2024 (BMS_P4_A)

Course coordinator: Maarke Roelofs, PhD, policy officer GSLS:
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.

Students publish their articles in the digital Master for Life Magazine. Previous issues of Master for Life Magazine can be found here.

Programme (BMS_P1_A): 14 September 2023 – 16 November 2023
14-09-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00
21-09-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00
05-10-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00
19-10-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00
02-11-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00
16-11-2023 Thursday 13:15 17:00

Programme (BMS_P4_A): 25 April 2024 – 27 June 2024 
25-04-2024 Thursday 13:15 17:00
02-05-2024 Thursday 13:15 17:00
16-05-2024 Thursday 13:15 17:00
30-05-2024 Thursday 13:15 17:00
13-06-2024 Thursday 13:15 17:00
27-06-2024 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 Students' site.
The maximum number of participants is 14, 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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