Build Communication Skills Through Practical Experience

ASM offers several training programs that provide instruction on effective communication. Participants in these interactive courses receive expert insight and hands-on opportunities to learn and develop their communication skills. Read about our programs below!


Science Communication for Microbiologists

Course Details

"Science Communciation for Microbiologists" is ASM's exclusive online training course. The course covers the principles of effective communication, using published literature from the field and practice-based lessons.

View a sample course syllabus.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Science communication goals and strategy.
  • Inclusive science communication.
  • Crafting an effective message.
  • Communication approaches.

Duration: 5 weeks.

Modality: Participants take part in live (virtual) sessions that feature a combination of lectures, interactive discussions and moderated breakout groups. 

Outcome: Participants develop and deliver a final project focused on communicating a scientific topic with a specific audience.

Source: American Society for Microbiology

Who Can Participate?


"Science Communication for Microbiologists" is offered exclusively for ASM members.

When Does the Course Run?

The course runs 3 times a year: Winter (Feb.-March), Summer (July-Aug.) and Fall (Oct.-Nov). 


How Do I Register?

There's a $25 fee to take the course. If unable to pay, contact Geoff Hunt at geoffhunt@asmusa.org for more information.


Science Writing for Microbiologists

Course Details

"Science Writing for Microbiologists" is an in-depth, interactive virtual course that trains participants on how to write web content for general audiences. ASM staff and experts lead participants through the entire writing process, from identifying a topic to developing an outline, refining drafts and finalizing content for publication.

View a sample course syllabus.


Topics Covered Include: 

  • Choosing a topic.
  • Anatomy of a good web article.
  • Understanding how readers access content and read on the web.
  • Using multimedia effectively.
  • How to edit.
Duration: 5 weeks.


Modality: This is a small-scale course that allows for individualized instruction and peer to peer feedback. Sessions are held LIVE, and participants are expected to show up and participate.

Outcome: Participants are encouraged to publish their final works on the ASM website. 

Science Writing for Microbiologists

Source: American Society for Microbiology

Who Can Participate?

Only individuals who have completed ASM's "Science Communication for Microbiologists" course are eligible to participate in the "Science Writing for Microbiologists" course.

When Does the Course Run?

The course is offered at various times throughout the year, depending on instructor availability. Stay tuned to this page for course announcements.

How Do I Register?

There is a $25 charge to take the course. Individuals who are unable to pay the couse fee should contact Geoff Hunt for more information.

Articles Published by Course Participants

The Microbial Aftermath of Hurricanes (Ivelisse Irizarry)

Disaster microbiology researches how microbiology relates to catastrophic events like hurricanes. What are the risks, and how should we prepare to face the aftermath of these natural disasters?

The Dangers of Undiagnosed Sexually Transmitted Infections (Clayton Bishop)

Sexually transmitted infections are often easily treated when diagnosed, but many people don’t realize they’re infected. These undiagnosed infections may have serious, life-long consequences.

Combatting Antifungal Resistance (Srishti Baid)

Antimicrobial resistance  is often covered in the context of bacterial infections. However, antifungal resistance has become an important part of the story. What can be done to stop it?

Vaccines Delivered via Dissolvable Skin Patches (Haley Bridgewater)

No one likes getting a shot. Dissolvable skin patches are the way of the future for delivering vaccines. They are effective, safe and virtually painless. Why aren’t they a reality yet?

Meet the Instructors