Centre for Science Communication the home of storytelling and science

Application Deadlines

Applications for PhD study can be accepted at any time.

Applications for the MSciComm and PGDipNHFC must be received by 31 October.

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The Centre for Science Communication welcomes new staff members


Fabien Medvecky, formerly a research fellow at the University of Queensland, has taken up his position as a lecturer in the Centre.

Jesse Bering came from the United States this month to take up an associate professor role.

Nancy Longnecker, previously at the University of Western Australia will be starting in August as the Centre's new professor of science communication.

ODT News link

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The Centre for Science Communication presents Jane Goodall

The Centre for Science Communication is hosting Jane Goodall during her 2014 tour. Tickets are $25 each. Go to www.ticketdirect.co.nz. All profits will go to the Jane Goodall Institute.

  • Dunedin Friday 20 June, 7 - 8pm, Regent Theatre

  • Wellington Sunday 22 June, 2 - 3pm, Michael Fowler Centre (local sponsors: Wellington City Council, Welllington Zoo Trust, Victoria University Wellington, Wellington City Council)

  • Auckland Monday 23 June, 7-8pm,  ASB  (local sponsors: Auckland Zoo)

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At just 26, with her mother’s encouragement and under the direction of famous fossil hunter, Louis Leakey, Jane entered the forest in Africa for the first time, and started her patient, courageous, decades-long quest to understand our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees. She knows them by name, speaks their language, and grieves for them as for her own family, as their habitat disappears.  Now she provides a research centre and much-needed sanctuary for them at Gombe, Tanzania.

Hear the world’s most famous field scientist talk about her life’s work and why she has reasons for hope.  

Help Jane achieve her 80th birthday wish of providing sanctuary for another 100 orphaned or vulnerable chimpanzees by attending one of her unforgettable community talks.  

Centre for Science Communication

The Centre for Science Communication is the world’s largest postgraduate facility for science communication. We are part of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. We currently have 10 staff associated with the Centre and we are in the process of hiring 5 more, so that by mid-year we expect to have a full complement of 15 staff onboard. At any one time we have about 60 postgraduate students undertaking the following qualifications that we offer:

PhD Programme

We are currently recruiting for more PhD students in Science Communication.

Note: International Students pay Domestic Fees for PhD enrolments (currently only $6,636 NZD per year!). International and domestic students are also eligible to apply for a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

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Erika Szymanski

is one of our PhD students. She comes from Washington State in the USA and is doing her doctoral thesis on science communication associated with wine and winemaking. As she writes:
Wine science is fun: it’s wine! It’s also complicated, with a double-handful of scientific disciplines from microbiology and chemistry to geology and meteorology having something to say about the making of your favorite Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
Erika Szymanski

MSciComm Programme

Students can earn a Master of Science Communication degree in one of three different areas of specialization regarding science communication, depending upon the medium being used to communicate the science. Science and Natural History Filmmaking concentrates on documentary filmmaking; Popularizing Science is our most general qualification covering the theory and practice of virtually all means of popularizing science; while the Creative Nonfiction Writing in Science specialization focuses on communication with the written word.
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Learn how to take factual filmmaking to new heights. Taught in association with NHNZ – the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries – the course is taught by award-winning filmmakers who are some of the best in the business. Films produced by our students have won many awards, including the industry's most prestigious.

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Discover how to communicate science most effectively with the written word. Co-ordinated by award-winning authors, this programme will mentor you through the process of writing a book. You will also learn about the process of digital publishing and how to create multimedia publications and ebooks for the likes of Apple’s iPad.

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Popularizing Science

From the internet to installations, you will learn how to communicate science in the digital realm or in the physical world of museums and the like. Maybe you'll develop an exhibition, an art installation, a digital platform, an act of in-depth research .... or, just maybe, it'll be something you haven't even dreamed of yet... an invention that moves the masses.

Featured Student Film: SIROCCO - how a dud became a stud by Ashwika Kapur 2013

Featured Student Writer

Featured Student Popularizing Science