The Science Communications Interface: Communicating for Impact

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • August 13, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
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  • March 9, 20218:30am - 4:30pm
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Climate change. Gene editing. Antimicrobial resistance. Superbugs. Food security.

Science and innovation are necessary to address Canada’s grand challenges and to build robust and inclusive prosperity and resiliency in the 21st century. To do this, we need highly qualified personnel who operate at the interface of science, innovation, policy and communications to connect these worlds and translate knowledge from one area to the other.

The ability to communicate complex scientific evidence and theories in plain language to a variety of audiences is crucial to addressing the grand challenges facing Canada and the world today.

What you can expect

This course is delivered by seasoned communicators who have extensive experience working with scientists and at the interface of science, policy, and communications. The course is delivered using a mix of theory and real-world case studies to help participants understand the challenge of communicating science to a non-scientific audience. Instructors also use a mix of individual and group exercises to give participants opportunities to improve their communications skills.

What you will gain

By the end of the one-day course, participants will have:

  • Learned the principles of strategic communications
  • Gained a better appreciation of how science and communications can support each other to advance public understanding of complex theories and ideas; and,
  • Developed skills to design and deliver plain language communication for a variety of non-scientific audiences.

What's included

Expert facilitation, course materials, a light breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee break, and lunch.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Group discounts

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

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IOG Learning Lab
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • August 13, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›
  • March 9, 20218:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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