Courses and Workshops

Communication, Innovation and Society

Not all new scientific and technological developments are fully accepted in society. Companies, governments and, for example, research institutes or universities have experienced this in the past. Therefore, when designing or applying new innovations or technologies, such as nanotechnologies or human enhancement technologies, communication with citizens and other actors is essential. Many stakeholders agree with that. But how should one communicate about (new and emerging) technologies at the moment? Will informing publics suffice? Should every citizen become actively involved in science and technology? What role and responsibility do researchers have in this science-society relationship?  

This course aims at obtaining broader knowledge and insight about communication processes in relation to innovation and research. Current insights in science communication, and insights from other related areas will be discussed and analysed. In addition to the theoretical notions, attention will be paid to the societal context and practices. Based on examples, communication strategies will be analysed and students learn how to design communication strategies for their own research project. 


Knowledge about:

  • Theoretical concepts in science communication
  • Factors influencing the development of innovation
  • Communication strategies in science communication

Insight in:

  • The role of (new and emerging) science and technologies in current society
  • The role of communication when designing and implementing new technologies, such as nanotechnology, genomics, robotics, and ict
  • How to use communication strategies regarding these new technologies in practice


  • Applying theoretical knowledge in a real situation
  • Reflecting on scientific literature
  • Writing a scientific paper


5 EC 


Dr. Anne M. Dijkstra,

Date, time and place

Classes will be on Monday evenings from 17.45 – 19.30 hours in HB 2B

14, 21, 28 November, 12, 19 December, 9 en 16 January.

The course is given for Research Honours students as well as PhD students in the second quartile. For more information see: OSIRIS and Blackboard.

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