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Doctoral Education in Science Communication (DESCOM)

"I initiated DESCOM because I experienced how difficult it can be to communicate science... but also how fun it can be.”

- Serge Haan, Vice-Dean of the FSTC

DESCOM is an educational project in science communication that aims at supporting interactions between academia and the public. For this purpose, a team of dedicated people within DESCOM not only promotes and organises outreach activities (e.g. our science comics). DESCOM also provides formal science communication training for doctoral candidates of Luxembourg in the form of a transferable skills course as well as through internships at one of the several partners of DESCOM. Furthermore, DESCOM will develop a pocket guide to provide support as well as theoretical and practical knowledge on science communication to interested audiences.

 

Our growing network of partners indicates how important science communication skills are in academia and the industry.

Thus, DESCOM strives to improve these skills in doctoral candidates and thereby increase their visibility and employability on the job market.

OBJECTIVES

  • Train young scientists in science communication
  • Support and organize outreach activities
  • Foster networking and cooperation of the different research institutes involved
  • Increase employability of doctoral candidates

TEAM

DESCOM was initiated by Prof. Serge Haan from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) and Oliver Glassl from the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering (DSSE). The project is partly funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR) as well as the DSSE. However, the offers of DESCOM are open to all doctoral candidates in Luxembourg to promote interdisciplinarity, networking and cooperation. As science communication is becoming more and more important in today’s society, with DESCOM we hope to foster a culture of science communication.

FUNDING

Supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and the Doctoral School of Science and Engineering (DSSE).