Communicating Science

At a glance

What: Innovative instruction in teaching scientists to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences. Classes have both for-credit and non-credit options.

Where: Discovery Building, 330 North Orchard

Questions: Email Jessica Courtier or call 608-890-3626


Communicating Science

Communicating Science training is a way for scientists and health professionals to learn to communicate more effectively with their peers and colleagues, the public, government officials, media, and others outside their own discipline. Participants will learn how to utilize theatrical improvisation and writing techniques to better communicate their research and messaging.

About Communicating Science

UW-Madison is proud to offer Communicating Science training — now open to the general public. We believe it is vital for scientists to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences.

Communicating Science, established at UW-Madison in the fall of 2014, began with a training by instructors from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Since that time, our instructors have created courses that focus on developing skills for clear, direct communication that is responsive to its audience, whether working in oral or written form.

This program is supported by a partnership with the Morgridge Institute for Research, and is cosponsored by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Arts Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, Life Sciences Communication of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and WISCIENCE.

Information for students

These classes are offered with both for-credit and non-credit options. Students seeking the non-credit option may enroll directly from the class listings (links above). Students enrolled in UW-Madison may use the Student Center to sign up for the for-credit classes as part of their regular coursework. (See individual class listings for course numbers.) Participants not currently enrolled in UW-Madison but seeking course credit should consult guidelines for taking classes as a University Special student. Standard tuition and fees apply for those seeking the for-credit option.

UW-Madison graduate students may wish to incorporate these classes into their Individual Development Plans. See individual class listings for how these trainings can fit into an IDP.

Available Courses