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Rhyme your research: using poetry to problem solve and communicate your science


This course aims to introduce the role that poetry can play in helping to both problem solve in scientific research and to communicate it to diverse audiences. 






In this fully interactive session, participants will learn how to read, analyze, and write poetry about scientific research. In doing so they they will also be equipped to use this medium to help develop problem solving skills that can be directly applied to their research as well as a consideration of how to 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 trainers aim to create a friendly and supportive environment that encourages learning. In order to respect everyone present we ask that during the online sessions you have your camera switched 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 should wear headphones to respect the confidentiality of course participants. 

Your attendance at this course assumes that you accept these conditions, but if you have a problem please contact us.

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Finished editions
  • 2023 Edition 1, Trimester 1: February, ONLINE : 27/02/2023
  • 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.