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GEN-8007 Communicating Science Module 2 – Coping with media - 1 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course.

Course contents

Communicating science to a variety of audiences is an important skill all researchers have to learn. Whether you want to tweet about your current research project, create a podcast, give a talk to peers at a scientific conference, give an interview for the media or explaining your research to a school class, science communication is part of a researchers everyday life. The course has three main components:

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: February 1.

Application deadline for other applicants: February 1.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites: None, but it is an advantage to have own results to work with.

This course is aimed at PhD students from all scientific disciplines, but is open for applicants holding a Master's degree. Scientists, Post Docs and Master students are welcome to participate, but they will not be able to get credits (see for details. If you aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with both your supervisor and your faculty.

The course will be cancelled if less than six participants.

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9305.

Non-UiT PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you, see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document: 

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

Objective of the course

After the course the students should have knowledge about:


General competence:

Language of instruction

English. However, the text can be written and the interview can be conducted in Norwegian.

Teaching methods

This will be an intensive 2-day course, with lectures and interview training. All participants will produce their own podcast and an video interview based on their own research.


Written home exam. Deliver a popularized science text, either as feature article or a blog post based on your own research. Evaluation: Pass/Fail.

In order to take the exam, all students need to submit a short manuscript about their research prior to the course to be used in the video and audio training.

There is no continuation exam. In case of failing, you need to take the course again next year.

Important dates:

Course dates: 20-21 February 2019

Pre-work instructions will be sent out three weeks prior to course start.

Deadline for pre-work delivery: 8 February 2019 at 16.00 (Canvas)

Deadline for delivery of popularized science text (exam): 7 March 2019 at 12.00 (Wiseflow)

Course overlap

BIO-8007 Communicating Science Module 2 – Coping with media 1 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Will be made available on Canvas. General information and preliminary schedule may be found on
Lectures Spring 2019
Teaching Cathrine Paus
f.aman. Audun Hetland
Jørn Berger Nyvoll
Groups Cathrine Paus
f.aman. Audun Hetland
Jørn Berger Nyvoll