Our Trainers

We practise what we teach: SciConnect’s trainers and consultants are experienced science communication professionals, who work day to day in the areas covered by our courses. Our principal trainers also have experience as research scientists.

Principal trainers

Dr Claire Ainsworth: Freelance journalist and science writer. Former Senior Reporter & News Features Editor at Nature; previously a reporter and features editor at New Scientist. Claire's awards as a science writer include an Association of British Science Writers Award in 2004 and a Medical Journalists' Association award in 2001. Claire has a doctorate in developmental genetics from Oxford University.

Dr Jon Copley: Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the University of Southampton, where he has received awards for teaching and postgraduate skills training. His research is widely covered by the media, and he frequently gives public lectures about his work. Jon's awards as a science communicator include the Biosciences Federation Science Communication Award for Established Researchers, and he was also previously a reporter and news editor at New Scientist.


In addition to these principal trainers, we also engage other expert tutors from specific areas depending on the requirements of clients. These specialists include other science journalists from broadcast media (e.g. BBC television and radio), print (national newspapers), internet journalists and school teachers. Contact us to find out more.

Why Bother?

There are lots of great reasons to communicate science.
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