Course How to Communicate your PhD research

ECTS: 0.8

Course leader: Lise Wendel Eriksen

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 960.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2024

Application deadline: 10/09/2024

Cancellation deadline: 24/09/2024

Course type: Classroom teaching

Start date: 08/10/2024

Administrator: Thilde Møller Risgaard

The course A325/02 How to communicate your PhD research is offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, from fall 2024.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

The course does not require any prior knowledge of or experience with communication or media.

The course is held in English, unless every participant speaks and understands Danish.

The course requires written preparation (10-15 lines about own research), which will be the point of departure for each participant throughout the course.

Recommended knowledge for participation:

The aim of the course is to ensure that the participants can convey and handle responsible research communication of their own PhD project. Through different media channels and via different presentations techniques, the participants will be able to explain and present complex research in an engaging and understandable way to an audience whether it be the general public, journalists, patients, students in a classroom or a foundation’s review committee.

Learning outcomes: After completing the course, participants will have:

  • Insight into presentation techniques and communicative tools, to make complex knowledge understandable, interesting and relevant to the outside world.
  • Experience in communicating and conveying their own PhD research .
  • Knowledge of journalists' working methods and priorities as well as the researcher’s own role and rights as an expert in a media context.
  • Knowledge of responsible research communication and insight into what can be communicated, to whom and when.

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be XX hours

As society places increasingly heavy demands on knowledge exchange, good communication is still the researcher's responsibility. Being able to explain and convey complex research requires planning and knowledge of how to communicate your own research to the surrounding world in a responsible and engaging way. This course is a basic introduction to research communication and presentation techniques. It consists of the following elements:

  1. Communicating your PhD research (who, where, when and how – and get to the point quickly).
  2. Linguistic tools that can make research communication catchy and more understandable.
  3. Presentation techniques – know your audience, get their attention, and plan your presentation.
  4. When the journalist calls – how to collaborate with the press, handle a ‘shitstorm’, and know your role and rights as an expert in your research field.

The course consists of lectures, examples and exercises with peer-to-peer feedback and general discussions. The exercises revolve around participants communicating their own research in different settings and for different platforms.

Participants will learn how to communicate complex research to laymen/journalists with the help of linguistic and presentation techniques (e.g. metaphors and comparisons, get the attention and make an impact), practice how to move focus from sender to recipient, and how to find a balance so they do not overstate things.

Several of the elements in the programme are followed by discussion. Topics include responsible research communication, the working methods of the journalist versus those of researchers, roles and rights as well as social/traditional media as a channel for research communication. In this relation, we will briefly touch upon how to communicate your research via social media.

The course has 25 seats and is intended for all PhD students, both newly-started PhD students and PhD students in the final phase of their programme.


  • Simon Fischel, Communications Officer, Health Communication
  • Sabina Bjerre Hansen, Special Consultant, Health Communication
  • Lise Wendel Eriksen, Special Consultant, Health Communication

Two instructors will be present during the course.

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus (other)

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 08 October 2024 08:30 - 15:30