Short Course On Campus Online

Risk Communication

Utrecht University

7 days
1600 EUR/full
1600 EUR/full
Tuition fee
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A chemical pollution or the introduction of a new technology are examples of situations in which risk communication can play an important role. The Risk Communication programme is offered by Utrecht University.


The Risk Communication programme is offered by Utrecht University. It is often used with the purpose to inform people, to improve decision-making, to stimulate safer behaviour or to prevent or solve conflicts. Interactive communication and a responsive process are important aspects in generating trust among all those involved; understanding the other actors is a first step.

Content of the courseIn a classroom setting lectures will be given by various experts from the field. Special attention will be paid to the possibilities and limitations of risk communication in practice. Through assignments the participants will gain practical experience in risk communication.

On successful completion of the module, participants should:

  • have learned from theory and examples how and why risk perceptions vary among different stakeholders, and how risk communication can be build upon this knowledge,
  • be able to apply the basics of theories on persuasive communication,
  • have a basic understanding of how to write press releases, to choose words, frames, numbers, graphs and risk comparisons, and
  • have gained insight in how to ensure a responsive risk communication process.

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


  • Henk Mulder (Science Shop, University of Groningen)
  • F. Woudenberg (Regional Health Authorities (GGD), Amsterdam)
  • Science Communicators Utrecht University (UU)
  • Tbc M. Jacobs (Foundation "Leefmilieu" (Living Environment), a Dutch NGO)
  • a Regulator (such as CTGB, the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides)
  • a Practitioner (from CBL, the Dutch Food Retail Association)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 days

Start dates & application deadlines

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1.5 ECTS


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Each application should be made using the PET application form.
  • Please note: with your first application you should also send us a CV containing specific details on your toxicological background.
  • Candidates, who wish to enrol in the PET programme for the purpose of recognition and registration as a professional toxicologist, should first consult the webpages of the Netherlands Society of Toxicology (NVT) for a supervisor to discuss a personal training plan.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1600 EUR for the full programme during 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1600 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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