Sheffield's science communication scene

The University of Sheffield, and the city of Sheffield as a whole, have a lot to offer science communicators. Our staff and students host events for the public, run activities for schoolchildren, send teams of scientists to major festivals, and promote science through journalism and broadcasting.

This means that there are lots of opportunities for MSc Science Communication students to put their skills into practice, and plenty of ways to get involved.

Events in the city

Lots of our scientists get involved in Science Week each March, by hosting activities across Sheffield, including Discovery Night here at the University. Festival of the Mind brings researchers and artists together for unique collaborations and other Sheffield festival such as DocFest and Off the Shelf often have science events. Researchers also participate in events like Pint of Science, where academics give talks in pubs.

Discovery Night

Schools outreach

MSc Science Communication students get the chance to help out at our annual Animal and Plant Sciences Christmastime lecture, where over 1,000 local schoolchildren experience an interactive science extravaganza. It's part of a huge programme of science activities we run for schools, ranging from primary-level chemistry sessions in the Kroto Schools Laboratory and the Maths Academy for A Level students.

Christmas lecture

Festivals across the country

Teams of University of Sheffield researchers have showcased their work at some of the UK's biggest science festivals. Some of the scientists behind the MSc Science Communication course have run exhibitions at major events including Cheltenham Science Festival and the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Summer Science

Student start-ups

Lots of University of Sheffield science students love to write and talk about science. They've set up projects such as the Ph7 science blog, the Eureka! student radio programme and the Science Brainwaves outreach group. Chemistry students run their own biannual magazine, Resonance.

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