skip to content

Popular Science Writing

13 October 2017
The event will take place from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm in Lecture Hall 4.001, Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, Pohligstr. 3, 50969, Cologne.

Registration deadline 28 September 2017, max. 100 participants
first come, first served

Open to all academic staff and doctoral candidates of the Department of Geosciences, University of Cologne, and of CRC/TR32. Further available spaces can be allocated to staff and doctoral candidates of other departments of the UoC and co-operating institutes. Please use the registration form on the right-hand side of this page.

This workshop teaches the skills required to turn hard scientific research into popular science aimed at a broad audience. A key focus of the workshop will be the structure of good writing. It will examine the structure of popular science news articles, features, opinion pieces, books, blogs and new media such as short videos and social messages.

The course instructors are Justin Mullins and Mark Buchanan of "Write About Science", two highly experienced scientific writers and editors. The workshop includes the following elements:

- Understanding your audience
- Networks and how they influence the spread of information
- Types of popular science articles and their structures
- Writing press releases
- Social media techniques
- Writing popular science books
- Pitching stories to editors and agents
- Online access to workshop slides

This workshop does not require preparation in advance.