CLOSED!! NEW! Talking Science

Course Information

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 12:30 PM
  • Friday, April 20, 2018,
    1:00 PM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    March 19, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 10 participants).
    Janina Linnik
    Oskari Vinko
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    The aim of the workshop is to train scientists to communicate their science clearly and effectively. Misunderstandings on scientific topics are ubiquitous and can have serious consequences. Scientists should be aware of misleading simplifications and typical pitfalls -- especially when talking to non-experts.

    Furthermore, many contemporary problems (e.g. in health and environment) require an interdisciplinary research team, which poses additional communication challenges for scientists. Science communication, however, is usually not part of the curriculum. This workshops aims to fill this gap


    The workshop covers three topics: how to make a science talk clear, how to make a science talk effective and how to handle unexpected or uncomfortable situations during a talk. We also discuss contemporary problems of popular science communication and provide tools to handle difficult situations and discussions.


    This workshop is highly interactive: we use hands-on exercises and feedback from both peers and lecturers to teach the techniques and practice the skills learned in the lessons.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Oskari Vinko
    Oskari Vinko is an ETH Pioneer Fellow, scientist and entrepreneur. He moved to Switzerland to study Synthetic Biology at ETH Zürich where he built optogenetic control mechanisms for gene expression. After graduation in 2017, Oskari founded a startup in Life Science laboratory automation, UniteLabs AG, which is his third company. Oskari is internationally awarded communicator (FameLab grand champion 2015) and has been awarded with several pitch awards. Since 2015, he has been training science slammers, students and researchers in science communication.

    Janina Linnik
    Janina Linnik is a PhD candidate in Computational Systems Biology at ETH Zürich. After her graduation in Biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin, she joined ETH Zürich in 2015 for an interdisciplinary PhD project in collaboration with the University Hospital Basel. Working together with mathematicians, computer scientists, biologists and clinicians, she learned the importance and difficulties of communicating science clearly and precisely between the disciplines. Therefore, she organizes science communication workshops for students and researchers since 2015.


    9h total : 7.5h lecture, 1.5h homework


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester.
    Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, Room 306

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