Engaging Scientists with the Public (online course)

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25 Apr 2022 till 01 Jul 2022

Short description

“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit” says the Utrecht University’s public engagement website. In the past five to ten years, universities have started to value public engagement. Universities feel they should be open to society. Not as mere providers of knowledge but they should also actively involve citizens, school children and stakeholders in their research and higher education.

In the first weeks, students will deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between science and society, the roles of scientists and the audiences for public engagement activities. Starting in week 4 students start performing the analyses needed for designing and evaluating their public engagement activity with follow-up in weeks 5-7. At the end of the course, week 8-10, each student will finish his/her written plan for a public engagement activity and present it online.


You can apply for this course via Osiris Student. You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student during a fixed time frame. See the information on the Study Guide. The course is taught twice.

Registration for the first edition (BMS_P2_A) of the course will open in the second half of September 2020. The second edition (BMS_P4_A) will be open for registration at the end of January 2021.



Optional for students from other programmes