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SciComm BASICS | Science and the World Out There - How to Communicate Your Research to a Non-Scientific Audience in an Understandable Way

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

How do you explain your research to people who have little or no knowledge about science, let alone about your specific field? Or worse: How do you explain it to someone who’s inherently skeptical about science?

Online Workshop

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Dr. Michael Gerharz





Target Group

Doctoral Students and Postdocs


Research, Research Management


4 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus or Postdoc plus certificate

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When you are used to discussing complex issues with colleagues – using scientific jargon and nerding about the finest nuances – shifting your perspective to look from a layman’s perspective is hard. To a large degree, that’s to blame on the so-called “Curse of Knowledge” – the peculiar phenomenon that the more we know about something, the harder it becomes to talk about it in simple terms.

But simple terms is exactly what’s required when speaking to non-scientists. This workshop helps you make that shift. We’re going to take a look from the other side to answer question like these:

How do you find these simple words when you’re deep into the details? And how can you explain the relevance of your research to someone who’s highly skeptical of it? How can you spark curiosity even if you think your topic is “super dry”? And where do you find simple explanations that could rival a good TikTok video – while remaining true to your science? How can you make your talk interesting without becoming sensationalist?


  • How to simplify your language without trivializing what you say
  • How to take the audience’s perspective of the audience, even if that is difficult (e.g. because we strongly disagree with them)
  • How to structure complex topics so that even laypeople can easily follow (and even want to)
  • How to make it easier for audience to pass along what you told them

More science communication?

This workshop is part of SciComm - our qualification offerings within science communication. The workshops are offered in three different levels of competence: SciComm BASICS | SciComm FOCUS | SciComm ADVANCED.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


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Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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