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Combining science and narrative storytelling to touch lives and effect meaningful change.

The Centre for Science Communication is one of the world's largest postgraduate facilities for teaching the practice of communicating science. We are also a leading research centre in the academic discipline of Science Communication. The scholarly field of Science Communication focuses on the complex and ever-changing relationship between the general public and the scientific community (including political, pedagogical, entertainment and informative dimensions). In addition to a general undergraduate minor in Science Communication, our postgraduate course offers endorsements in filmmaking, writing, and science and society. 


Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Learn how to take factual filmmaking to new heights.


Science in Society

Learn how to communicate science in the digital realm or in the physical world of museums and other places.


Creative Nonfiction Writing

Discover how to communicate science most effectively with the written word.


Student Film Premiere 2019

25-minute debut films by five of the world’s next gen science film-makers.

Saturday 27 July, 7.30pm

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Million Dollar Nose

Featured Student Work

A big congratulations to recent Science Communication graduate Sarah Hight. Her film A Million Dollar Nose? was selected as a finalist in the Student & Emerging Science Filmmaker category of the 2018 Science Media Awards. Her film follows New Zealand beekeepers attempt to use detector dogs as a way to control the spread of American foul brood disease. The film was made as part of her Masters degree in Science Communication where she majored in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Otago’s Centre for Science Communication. The Science Media Awards was formed in 2014 by a partnership between Jackson Hole Science Media Awards and WGBH Boston. It aims to highlight recent discoveries in science and trends in science media distribution, alongside giving opportunities to connect leading scientists and innovative science communicators from around the world.