This paper gives a report on science writing education in Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP) at Hokkaido University, Japan. CoSTEP is aiming at training science and technology communicators who can bridge the gap between the experts of science and people in various spheres of the society. Our science writing program is for people who want to cultivate science writing skill for personal or professional reasons. In the sense that the course do not focus only on professional writing, I would call it in this paper writing skills for “citizen science communicators.” Here I focus on two pieces of practical knowledge in our science writing program. One is of course to know how to write well, and the other is to understand the publishing process. Since the market of science journalism in Japan is very small, it is not realistic for all CoSTEP students that have learned science writing to become professional science writers or journalists. Instead, I arranged the program in a way that the students can continuously write scientific matters after passing through the course in various scenes in the civil society.

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Hands-on traning of science writing
Challenges of CoSTEP

Miho Namba   Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program

This paper gives a report on science writing education in Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program (CoSTEP) at Hokkaido University, Japan. CoSTEP is aiming at training science and technology communicators who can bridge the gap between the experts of science and people in various spheres of the society. Our science writing program is for people who want to cultivate science writing skill for personal or professional reasons. In the sense that the course do not focus only on professional writing, I would call it in this paper writing skills for “citizen science communicators.” Here I focus on two pieces of practical knowledge in our science writing program. One is of course to know how to write well, and the other is to understand the publishing process. Since the market of science journalism in Japan is very small, it is not realistic for all CoSTEP students that have learned science writing to become professional science writers or journalists. Instead, I arranged the program in a way that the students can continuously write scientific matters after passing through the course in various scenes in the civil society.

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