Risk Communication and Perception, Short Course | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
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Risk Communication and Perception

7 days
1690 EUR/full
1690 EUR/full
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The aim of this Risk Communication course at Utrecht University  is to provide training in risk communication and perception for toxicologists, to enhance public understanding in risk assessment.


Toxicologists are becoming increasingly aware that the perception of risks by the general public may deviate from scientific evidence as people take other aspects into account as well. Recent examples include the public concern regarding electromagnetic fields and the anti-vaccination lobby.

Outcomes (competences, skills)

After following this Risk Communication course at Utrecht University, the participant will be able to

  • describe several ways by which experts, civilians, police makers, media and interest groups approach risks
  • choose for a more informative or more persuasive communication strategy, based on arguments
  • understand and facilitate risk communication processes

Programme Structure

List of subjects:

  • Risk communication: theory; different models of risk communication
  • Factors determining risk perception (experts vs. general public)
  • Role of the media (incl. press releases, speaking with reporters)
  • Participatory processes
  • Practice of risk communication and strategies by different actors (e.g., general public, NGOs, policy makers and scientists)
  • Presenting risk information: comparing the effect of different formats (words, numbers, graphs, comparisons, framing)
  • Theory on influencing behaviour and attitudes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

Start dates & application deadlines

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1.5 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the PET programme is open to all graduates with a university degree in biomedical, natural, veterinary or agricultural sciences and who have a sufficient background in biology or chemistry. Applicants, who have not previously obtained sufficient general basic knowledge on toxicology via an appropriate MSc programme, will be required to start the PET programme with the course on General Toxicology. Successful completion of this introductory module may be required for enrolment in other PET modules.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1690 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1690 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1690 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1690 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.

Fees for PhD students:

  • Internal student: 330
  • External student: 550

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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