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Award-winning science broadcaster Richard Hollingham presents this introductory hands-on course on how to podcast - from getting good quality sound and content - to getting your podcast online and heard.

Following the success of previous courses in 2016 and 2017, the Society continues to offer this one-day introductory course, for those interested in communicating science via podcast.

Podcasting may sound effortless but it requires plenty of effort to produce something that sounds natural, engaging and informative. The aim of this course is to get people understanding audio recording, how to get your science across, and what works best when there are no visuals. Richard explores different styles of podcasting and during the day small groups will work in teams as reporter/ interviewee/ producer to produce their own short audio piece. 

Audio equipment is supplied (but feel free to bring your own recording device if you have one) and, though not an editing course, we will cover the theoretical basics of audio editing and recording. 

The course will make people think about how best to communicate science and help you appreciate what it's like to be on both sides of the microphone. It could even jump start your career as a science podcaster! 

About the Trainer

Richard Hollingham studied Applied and Environmental Biology at the University of York. As a BBC producer, reporter and presenter, he developed extensive experience in communicating the biosciences to general audiences. Past projects include presenting the BBC World Service environment programme One Planet and the acclaimed Planet Earth Podcast for the Natural Environment Research Council. Richard produces and presents science programmes for Radio 4, World Service and Radio 3, writes for BBC Future and is co-presenter/ producer of the award-winning Space Boffins Podcast.

Feedback from our 2016 and 2017 courses

"I made a podcast! really great, hands-on experience"

"Great facilitator; clearly very knowledgeable and approachable. Very hands-on. Good balance of theory and practice."

"Brilliant - Really accessible. Great that its so hands-on. Satisfying to make a reasonable podcast by the end of the day."

"Very helpful intro to podcasting."

"Enjoyed how practical it was and that we received lots of genuine and and useful feedback from the trainer."

Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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

A certificate of attendance will be provided to those who complete this course.

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

This learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 12 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Royal Society of Biology members - £190 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisations, staff of SCAS members and staff of HUBS members - £250 + VAT
Non-members - £325 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Due to the interactive nature of this course places are limited to 10 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

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 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.

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