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The science of stories. The stories of science.

We connect people with science to inspire wonder, nurture greater understanding of the natural world, and empower meaningful action to address society’s greatest challenges.

In addition to teaching creative thinkers how to use stories to communicate the science they are most passionate about, our staff and students conduct high-quality academic research that contributes to the emerging discipline of science communication.

A versatile and uniquely marketable education

Alongside our academic programme, which examines how people consume and use scientific information, we provide practical training in science and natural history filmmaking, creative nonfiction writing, events, and exhibitions.

Many of our graduates have had excellent career placements in this increasingly in-demand industry, including coveted positions in filmmaking, at prestigious museums throughout the world, private think tanks and government agencies, and with high-profile publications.

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Explore what makes Science at Otago so special

It’s not just our people – the experts in their fields and passionate students – but also the places we teach and learn: Otago Harbour, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Antarctica and the Pacific that mean our students leave here with highly sought-after skills and experiences.