Would you like to become a science writer?

Attend this free webinar and make 2022 the year you get started

Who is it for?

You are a scientist, such as a PhD student, postdoc, lab head or industry researcher and you've been thinking about developing your popular science writing skills because:


  • You are frustrated about how your field is covered in the media or online, and believe you can do better, or
  • You have decided it's time to move on from academia and a career as a writer appeals to you, or
  • You would like another string to your bow and see writing as a valuable sideline, or
  • You're just interested!


But you're not sure where to start.

What will it cover?

  • What opportunities exist for science writers
  • How to find and own your writing niche
  • How to get your first commissions
  • Marketing yourself as a science writer
  • Anything you'd like to ask the trainers


The webinar will include a live Q&A session. You will also receive a free digital workbook to help you plan your next steps.

Can't make the webinar? Don't worry! Sign up anyway, and we will share a recording with you afterwards. You will also be able to post questions for our trainers in our discussion forum after the event.

Who is speaking?

Our speakers are two highly experienced science writers and science journalists:

Claire Ainsworth is an award-winning  science journalist, who began her career at New Scientist magazine and the journal Nature and has been freelancing since 2007.

Jon Copley is Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration and Public Engagement at the University of Southampton. He regularly writes about his research for the general public, and is a former full-time science journalist.

Both trainers have been teaching scientists how to communicate effectively for more than 20 years. Scroll down for detailed biographies.

When is it?

The live webinar takes place at 13:00 GMT on 3rd February 2022. You will receive a link to a recording afterwards.

Course curriculum

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    How to break into a career in popular science writing

    • Just click on this link to join our webinar at 13:00 GMT on 3rd February 2022

Instructor(s)

Senior Instructor

Claire Ainsworth

Claire is a freelance science journalist who writes for publications including New Scientist, Nature, Science and The Observer. Prior to going freelance, she was Senior Reporter, News and Features at Nature, and before that, a news reporter and features editor at New Scientist magazine. She has also regularly appeared as a science news commentator on The Science Hour on the BBC World Service. She has a doctorate in developmental biology and has won awards for her science journalism including an Association of British Science Writers Award. She has been training scientists in science communication in the UK, EU and further afield since 2000.

Senior Instructor

Jon Copley

Jon is Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement at the University of Southampton and a former reporter and news editor of New Scientist magazine. In his training, he draws on 20 years of experience of being a research-active scientist who communicates his work to the public and policymakers both directly and via the media. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and World Service science radio programmes and has extensive experience of broadcast news interviews about his own research. He is a scientific advisor and onscreen contributor to TV documentaries including BBC Blue Planet II, and the author of popular science book Ask an Ocean Explorer (2019).

Added bonus

Free workbook to help you take your first steps

  • Get Started in Science Writing 2022

    Becoming a science writer can appear daunting, but we have broken it down into a series of steps in this helpful workbook. In it, you will find information on how to identify your niche, find your target publications and build your portfolio, together with planners to help you stop dreaming and start writing.

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