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Rhyme your research: using poetry to communicate your science


This course aims to explore how we might communicate science effectively both to and with non-scientific audiences, via the medium of poetry.






In this fully interactive session, participants will learn how to read, analyze, and write poetry about scientific research. In doing so they will also be equipped to use this medium to help disseminate and communicate their research to wider, more diverse audiences. 

You will:

  • Gain confidence in engaging with poetry as a tool for science communication.

  • Learn how to use poetry to help you develop unique solutions to scientific problems.  

Study commitment

Participants will be expected to have read a selection of approximately 6 science poems that will be provided prior to the session. 

Other relevant information

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

NOTE: Conditions for participating in online courses  

Intervals courses are small, interactive group sessions in which confidential issues are often raised. During the Zoom sessions you must have your camera on, and a microphone ready to participate in the group activities. You should be in a quiet place with a good internet connection. If you are not alone in the room you must wear headphones. If you are unable to meet these conditions you will be asked to leave the course.



Finished editions
  • 2022 Edition 1, Trimester 2: May, ONLINE : 18/05/2022


Sam Illingworth
Sam Illingworth

Sam Illingworth is an associate professor at Edinburgh Napier University and world-leading expert in science communication and interdisciplinary research. 

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