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Scientific writing is a great form of communication that reaches a wide range of audiences and a large number of people. Whether you're writing text books, articles for newspapers, fact sheets or blogs there is something for everyone. Each form of writing has its own tone and style, so its important to know your audience. 




Science Communication Competition


Each year the Biochemical Society looks for talented science writers to take part in our annual Science Communication Competition. Find out more about the competition, and read our winning articles.


Fact sheets

Below are a list of fact sheets made by the Biochemical Society as part of our public engagement programme. Got an interesting idea for a fact sheet? Email 

"Epigenetics - why you don't have teeth in your eyeballs"  - this fact sheet was made to complement a public lecture at the British Science Festival 2014.

"Medicine Makers"this fact sheet is all about how painkillers work and was made as a handout for our hands on activity Medicine Makers created with the British Pharmacological Society.

"The Journey of a Medicine" - this fact sheet outlines the journey of a medicine through our bodies, as part of the Medicine Makers activity.


"Living in a post-antibiotic era: the impact on public health" - this booklet created with the Microbiology Society describes antibiotic resistance, how it will affect our health in the future and what we can do to limit its impact.

"Synthetic Life: How far could it go? How far should it go?" - this booklet was made to complement a public debate at the Ri, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology as part of Biology Week 2015. 

"Can we give new biotech the green light?" - this booklet was developed to complement a Café Scientifique at Glasgow Science Festival 2016, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology. 

"Cancer: Is treatment always the answer?" - this booklet was produced for a public debate held at Cardiff City Hall, in collaboration with Cancer Research UK.

Useful links



Writing for a variety of audiences is a skill. Below are some useful websites that offer hints and tips for science writing. 


Secrets of good science writing - tips for many different scientific writing styles


Editing techniques - review your work before you submit

Know your audience - know your audience, purpose and desired outcome

How to not write like a scientist - 5 tips from Popsci

New to Sci Comm - a website listing science communication and writing/editing opportunities

Speaking to... James Randerson - an interview with James Randerson, Assistant National News Editor at The Guardian who runs their science blogging masterclass