Communication with the Media and the General Public

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations
30, 31 May and 19 Juni 2024 09:30 17:00 Juliane Teapal 9 / 12 Registration ended at 30/05/2024
23 October, 24 October and 18 November 2024 09:30 17:00 Juliane Teapal 2 / 12 Apply

Course description

As a researcher you will like to disseminate your findings among a wider audience. It can be important for you to have your findings implemented in society, to find funding for your research, to broaden your network or to promote science and research in general. You can address this audience directly in a presentation, or indirectly via the media by doing an interview or writing a short article for a website with scientific news. It is important to realise that these forms of communication require different skills than when communicating with other scientists.

When you communicate with the media and the general public, whether it is in an interview or writing for a website, you need to be concise, you need to use well-chosen examples, start with the most important findings of your research and avoid jargon. Furthermore, it helps when you are able to convey your enthusiasm about your work.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates, postdocs and scientific staff
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 12 participants
Course duration: Three separate full days. Being present at all three days is obligatory!
Language: English
Credit points: 1.0 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Lennart Wesel (trainer), Daniël Schut en Pauline Fokkelman (co-trainers)
Venue: All participants receive a message about the course location a few weeks before the start date of the course


Communication with the Media and the General Public is an intensive course with many practical exercises and some homework.
This three day course will focus on your role as a communicator and provide you with the necessary ideas and skills to communicate your work to non-scientists.

At the end of this course you will have learned many practical skills that will enable you to be pro-active in communicating your work to non-scientists.

Content and focus on

  1. Writing for the internet
  2. Doing a radio-interview
  3. Presenting to the general public

Note: This is not a language course. We will not focus on English or Dutch language skills.


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools in Wageningen
€ 375
University fee:
• All other PhD candidates & postdocs
• Staff of Wageningen University
€ 750
All other participants € 1500

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to 1 month before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact Juliane Teapal,