Workshops science communication



Popular scientific writing

2 days

Write in 9 steps a popularised text about your research: an opinion article, press release, blog, article, report or policy advice for non-peers.

This workshop popular scientific writing has been part of doctoral training programs at several universities for years.


Dealing with journalists as a researcher

1 day

Discover what media want and practice how to give an interview.

This mediatraining forms part of the doctoral training program at Ghent University and VUB.


Write a non-academic cv & cover letter

half a day

Convince a non-academic employer that you are not overspecialized and indeed ready for the real world. Make your cv and cover letter stand out from all the other candidates’ in a positive way.



Popular scientific presentations

2 days

Practice how to present your research starting from an intriguing key message adjusted to 'the public at large'.



Writing about animal research

half a day

Test on a panel how the audiance at large reacts to your words and thus write without losing time the obliged Non-Technical Summary (NTS).

I gave this workshop at Ghent University, KU Leuven and en Janssen Pharmaceutica.

What participants and clients say

Toon Cox

Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and King's College London (KCL)

One of the best workshops I have ever attended

I attended Ann's workshop on dealing with the press. It was one of the best workshops I have ever attended as she offered both theory and practice. She has given men hands-on / ready to use ideas to properly disseminate my research. She also taught me to recognise potential pitfalls in press communication.

Yuwen Gu

Phd student VUB, Research on Better Sino-EU relations and Chinese national image, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Very passionate teacher

Ann is a very passionate teacher. Her courses are always both interesting, interactive and thought-provoking. Her explanations towards questions are always detailed and well-organized.

Pieter Willemen - PhD Student

Ghent University

Powerful tips and tricks

I followed a course given by Ann, titled 'Meet people, not cultures', which touched various aspects of Intercultural Communication.

Ann was able to convey some short and powerful tips and tricks in a refreshing way. She was also able to adapt herself and the course content to our specific questions. In summary, everyone's expectations were satisfied at the end of the day.

Katleen Hermans - Prof. Exotic Mammals and Lab Animals

Ghent University

Highly appreciated for contents, interactivity and practicality

Ann has given a training "Writing non-technical summaries" to young scientists in our university. The workshop was highly appreciated by the students, for its contents, its interactivity and its practicality.

Jack McMartin - Science communicator

KU Leuven

Wealth of experience and sharp journalistic instincts

I followed Ann's day-long workshop, 'Writing for Non-peers and Press', at the Let's Talk Science Summer School at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in July 2014.

Ann did a good job tailoring the workshop to the needs and interests of our group of 15 or so early-career researchers. She was attentive to our varied goals and skill levels and tailored her workshop and feedback accordingly.

As the only 'professional' science communicator in the group, I feared I wouldn't learn much, but I found the practical writing exercises and group discussions to be surprisingly helpful. Ann and I (and eventually the whole group) even worked through a particularly hairy press release of mine that needed to go that day.

Which brings me to another of Ann's strengths: apart from her ability to teach the basics of science communication, she has a wealth of experience as a former science journalist.

Her journalistic instincts are sharp (and were much appreciated), which indicates that she is both a capable instructor for beginners and a valuable media consultant for more advanced communication professionals.

Goldi Tewari - Doctoral researcher at Center for Persuasive Communication, Department of Communication Sciences

UGent, Belgium

Unique and appealing

I met Ann in a course called 'Internationalisation: meeting people not culture', where she was the instructor.

She had a unique and appealing way of addressing the one day course. Her nice presentation and persuasion skills made the course a success.

All the best to her for her future endeavours!

Nixon Ronoh - Lecturer


Eye opener

Ann took us through an intercultural communication workshop which was very beneficial to us as international students in Belgium, Brussels.

The workshop was an eye opener, especially on the tendency to associate cultural assumptions with certain groups of individuals, which could hinder effective communication.

She is very proficient in bringing out the positive impact of learning to approach the different and unique socio-cultures, and in effect the enhancement of adaptive and effective communication strategy.

I would therefore recommend her on all topical issues that deal with effective communication, and especially on the inter- and socio-cultural platform.