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This course will introduce participants to exhibition making, from the development of an exhibition concept to the final product.

Creating an exhibition or display can be a daunting task: they are a complex, multimedia format. How do you make sure your ideas are conveyed clearly? What is the best visual representation for this idea? What exhibits should you select? Using case studies and exercises, this course will introduce participants to exhibition making from the development of an exhibition concept to the final product.

Following successful courses in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Royal Society of Biology is pleased to be offering this course once again in 2018.

Who is the course aimed at?

This practical course is suitable for those who may need to create an exhibition or display, for example:
  • Science communicators
  • Scientists working or volunteering in public engagement & outreach

What does the course cover?

  • The nature of exhibitions as a medium for communication
  • How to develop a concept and content for an exhibition to fit its audience and aims
  • How to select and present different types of exhibit (objects, interactives, audio-visual etc.)
  • The key elements of exhibition design
  • The key elements of writing exhibition text
  • How to write a design brief

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Course trainer

Dr Rachel Souhami has over 20 years' experience of exhibition development, working with national and regional museums, independent organisations and exhibition design companies. Rachel has trained budding exhibition developers for over 10 years, and has lectured in science communication, museum studies and exhibition development at Imperial College, The University of Manchester and Westminster University. Rachel's knowledge as a practitioner is enhanced by her research, which examines the working practices and design processes that lead to the successful implementation of an exhibition concept.

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Course handouts will be provided for each participant's own use.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to each attendee who completes the course.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.

This learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 15 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Feedback from Rachel's previous courses at the Royal Society of Biology

"Good introduction to museum design."

"Fascinating subject matter, very well covered. Right amount of detail, easy to follow and engage with. Like the incorporation of group work."

"Content was good - use of the scenarios to demonstrate key principles. Some good biology examples with range of scenarios to cover different exhibits."


Royal Society of Biology members - £110 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisation, Staff of HUBS or SCAS members - £180 + VAT
Non-members - £250 + VAT

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For more information and to register your interest, 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.