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RSB Training Programme: Writing for a Non-Specialist or Lay Audience


How to write in an accessible and interesting way for a lay audience, while ensuring your message remains scientifically robust and accurate.


Who is the course aimed at?

Scientists hoping to improve the way they communicate with non-scientists, or anyone hoping to develop their science writing or blogging skills. 

What does the course cover?

  • Writing for different audiences
  • Explaining complex research or scientific concepts
  • Online writing and blogging skills
  • Sourcing information, basic copyright issues and other media law
  • Getting creative / Making your writing stand out
  • An introduction to writing as a profession or working in science communication 

The course will be run in an interactive style with practical writing exercises throughout the day. Course attendees are asked to bring laptops or other writing devices. RSB will have a limited number of laptops available on the day.

Further information

Course tutor Rebecca Nesbit is a science press officer with a particular interest in blogging and online communications. She works on the communications for the Nobel Prizes, and her previous roles include press officer at the Royal Society of Biology, PR consultant for science and tech companies, and teaching honeybees to detect explosives.

Course tutor Tom Ireland is a journalist and editor specialising in science and health who has written for BBC News, The Observer, and New Scientist. He is managing editor at the Royal Society of Biology and edits its bi-monthly magazine, The Biologist.

Feedback from attendees:

“Very good examples and use of personal experiences to explain concepts”

“Really enjoyed the course - very informative and useful”

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training.

A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 24 CPD points.


Society members - £100 +VAT
Staff and members of Member Organisation, SCAS members - £125 +VAT
Non-members - £250 +VAT

Lunch and refreshments are included.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.