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Science Communication

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If you are creative, love science and love working with people, then Science Communication is for you.

What is Science Communication?

Science communicators bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public.

They use their knowledge of science and communication to facilitate discussion about important scientific issues. Science communicators play a critical role in interpreting scientific information and making it accessible to diverse audiences.

They engage with business, industry and the community and facilitate dialogue about science and technology to enhance understanding and inform decision making.

Why study and research Science Communication?

At UWA you undertake your Science Communication studies in conjunction with any other science major, giving you sound scientific knowledge and marketable communication skills.

You will gain experience in new media, written, oral and visual presentations and science performance.

A Science Communication major offers:

  • Career opportunities: Open new doors to careers beyond the realm of traditional science careers.
  • Relevant assessments: Develop your portfolio with articles, podcasts, posters, websites, digital movies, exhibits, scripts, consultancy reports and other communication resources. You can choose your own assignment topics and practice your communication skills in the areas you are most passionate about.
  • Networking opportunities and real world experience: Work with industry experts and external partners. Complete a work placement in an organization of your choice with passionate and energetic people with inquiring minds.
  • Science communication complements any other science major and gives you an edge in the competitive job market.

What opportunities does Science Communication provide?

Good communication skills are highly desired by all employers.

Some of our graduates have been offered work by the organization that hosted their practicum. Other graduates have been employed by:

  • science centres and museums
  • zoos and botanic gardens
  • environmental education institutions
  • schools
  • industry
  • non-government organisations
  • media organisations
  • research organisations
  • government agencies
  • hospitals.

Graduate profiles

Check out some of our graduate profiles to get a taste of the jobs our graduates do.

Caris Allen: Research Account Manager, Kalyx Agriculture
BSc (Environmental Management and Land and Water Management); Grad Dip (Science Communication)
Sarah Lau: Media and Communications Coordinator, ChemCentre WA
BSc (Communication Studies) [now Science Communication]
Cassandra Rowles: Reptile Wrangler, Roaming Reptile Education
Master of Science Communication and Education
Lara de la Harpe: Freelance Science Communicator
BSc (Zoology) Grad Dip (Science Communication)
Anke Van Eekelen: Freelance Health and Medicine Journalist, ScienceNetwork WA and administrative editor, Respirology
MSc (Medical Biology) PhD (Neuroscience) Graduate Diploma (Science Communication)

Opportunities for research

Our research focuses on understanding how best to effectively communicate complex scientific information and how we can to improve impact of science engagement.

Our research group is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on methods used in science, education, psychology, other social sciences and communication studies.

Researchers in Science Communication group use qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Using theoretical frameworks, we conduct case study analyses, attitudinal research and other empirical studies.

Visit the Honours page for details on the projects that are currently available. Or contact Dr Miriam Sullivan.


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Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 8:42 AM