Course Goals

  • Understand how and why to effectively communicate your research through a variety of platforms.
  • Understand the structure of content that is appropriate and how to achieve the highest quality for each mode of scientific communication.
  • Learn how to make written and graphic content more accessible and engaging.
  • Know how to deliver oral presentations effectively with diverse audiences and settings.
  • Learn approaches to request and respond to feedback from mentors, colleagues, and external reviewers.

How do you effectively draft your scientific message so that it has the optimal chance to be accepted for publication? How do you communicate your science in an oral presentation? How much text is appropriate for a poster? What are some guidelines and tips for dealing with the media? Communication is an essential part of your research and a crucial component for a successful career as a researcher.

Effectively Communicating Research is a two-day, intensive course offered by Harvard Catalyst. The course is designed to provide fellows and junior faculty with the skills necessary to express their science clearly to diverse audiences; to prepare abstracts, manuscripts, and posters, and to speak effectively.

With the guidance and expertise of the course faculty, including journal editors and leading scientists, participants will acquire the tools necessary to convey their science effectively.

Session dates

Harvard Catalyst In-Person Learning is suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. Please refer to Online Learning for current offerings.

Time commitment

Two days


Fellows and junior faculty who are in the process of writing for publication or creating communication materials for scientific oral or poster presentations.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


  • MD and/or PhD (or equivalent) involved in medical research
  • Fellows and Junior Faculty


  • Free for Harvard-affiliated schools and institutions
  • CTSA member: 900.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1200.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full attendance and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.