Communication in science and technology

© 2021 EPFL

© 2021 EPFL

A new course for PhD Students starting on September 30th 2021 

The PhD course "Communication in Science and Technology (CoST)" aims to teach the basic theories and skills of communication to prepare the PhD candidates for projects in the field of science communication. It is composed of a series of EPFL internal lectures on various topics from the field and multiple guest lectures from professionals all over the world.


  • Introduction and overview
  • Communicating science
  • The science of science communication
  • Scientific writing and styles
  • Formats, audiences and exercises
  • Media and different types of articles
  • Dealing with media and crisis
  • Social media
  • New formats, lives and moderations
  • Visual communication
  • Databases and Wikipedia
  • Storytelling for science
  • Assignments of final exercises
  • Closing (summary, job opportunities and possible internships)


  • Pandemic journalism
  • Art and craft of story structure / "The Poisoner's Guide to Science Communication"
  • Investigative journalism
  • Tech journalism
  • Fake news
  • Science Communication as a Way of Life

Course plan

Registration via IS-Academia

Contact: [email protected]