Writing for Science Communications & Marketing Careers

Are you interested in a job in science/healthcare communication or marketing?

If you want to stand out among the rest of your academic competition, you have to convince potential employers that you can communicate about research – especially research that is not in your area of expertise – in a clear and engaging way.

In this short course, you will learn about journalism, public relations, and marketing-based techniques for communicating about research to non-expert audiences. You will use this newly acquired knowledge to interview a researcher, then write a short article about the research and create a concept for a visual abstract. By the end of the course, you will not only have a writing sample for your scicomm and marketing job search, but you will have also learned and applied skills that you will actually use in those types of jobs.

This short course format will integrate a group workshop, peer feedback, and individual private coaching sessions.

Group workshop date: Saturday, March 20th, 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Private coaching sessions: Each session is 30 minutes in length. Round 1 sessions will be scheduled on March 25th & 26th; Round 2 sessions will be scheduled on April 5th and 6th. Each course registrant will attend two private coaching sessions.
Course capacity:
Course fee: $20

Workshop Instructors

Marina Damiano, PhD

Marina Damiano, PhD

Owner, Damiano Group Scientific Communications

Marina Damiano is the owner of Damiano Group, a scientific communications consulting practice that provides scientific writing, public relations, and communications strategy services, workshops, and coaching to individuals and organizations in science, medical technology, healthcare, and academia.

Her work and philosophy are influenced by her diverse experiences as a scientist developing nanoparticles to treat cancer, a scientific communications specialist spreading the word about science and healthcare companies, and now as an entrepreneur building and sustaining her own business. She is also past president of the Chicago chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Marina’s educational background includes B.S. and B.A. degrees in Chemistry and German from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University.


We speak the languages of science and business. With our advanced scientific training and public relations and marketing communications experience, Damiano Group bridges the gap between the laboratory and the board room to help our clients achieve their communications and operational objectives and goals.

Our area of expertise is clear, concise, and compelling communication of scientific and technical information to different audiences. We excel at helping our clients articulate the value that their product, service, or research provides to their stakeholders.

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