After completing my biology studies at Leiden University, I aspired to a career as a scientist and did evolutionary morphological research in the context of PhD research. I learned to love science and its methods and techniques. But I decided not to complete my thesis, because my passion turned out to be communicating science.
I combine a general expertise in (online) science communication with a sharp science journalistic eye and I have more than 25 years of experience in making communication solutions effective and innovative. I am a certified senior communication professional.
With my company FrankNu Kenniscommunicatie (FrankNu Science Communication), I offer training courses, workshops, advice and coaching to help scientists, lecturers, sci-tech startups and students communicate about their work.
Knowledge is the greatest asset
Knowledge is the greatest asset we have to share in a developed society. Knowledge is also an important means for underdeveloped societies to move forward.
It is not only the scientific facts that an informed citizen wants to take note of. It is especially important to convey the process of science, validation and critical thinking through science communication.
You can do it
Any scientist, lecturer, student or business owner can become a good science communicator. You don’t need any special talents, you don’t have to be outgoing. All you need is a goal, the knowledge of your subject and the will to transfer that knowledge. I am happy to guide and help you on your path!
I offer a number of standard training courses and workshops. In addition, customisation is always possible. From a lecture about creating your own science magazine to a lecture on the basics of science communication, to an afternoon-long workshop on popular writing or pitching your research.
I would also be happy to help you with advice about your communication goals, such as a keynote speech at a conference or an online public campaign. Once, or in a number of meetings. To improve a skill or achieve a goal, such as learning to present or develop the marketing plan for your career.
Articles I wrote
- 🇬🇧 Mark Bos & Frank Nuijens (2020) Science Journalism. In: Science Communication, an introduction.
- 🇳🇱 Joline Cramer, Jaap de Jong & Frank Nuijens (2019) De universiteitskrant: bedreigingen en kansen voor de toekomst. In: Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap 47 (1).
- 🇳🇱 ScienceOnline. In: Het beste idee van 2013.
- 🇬🇧 Why the World Needs Better Science Journalism. Mediashift en Villamedia
- 🇳🇱 Kan de kachel branden op onafhankelijkheid? De Nieuwe Reporter
- 🇬🇧 It’s Not About You. Nuffic Transfer Magazine
- 🇳🇱 Krap Halletje. NRC
Articles featuring me
- 🇳🇱 “Wij zijn niet honderd procent onafhankelijk”. De Nieuwe Reporter
- 🇳🇱 ScienceOnline start in Leiden. Wetenschapper 2.0
- 🇳🇱 Eerste West-Europese ScienceOnline-community start in Leiden. Universiteit Leiden
- 🇳🇱 Goeie Mie bij ScienceOnline Leiden. Sleutelstad
- 🇳🇱 Achtergrondnieuws door academici slaat aan. Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek
- 🇳🇱 De opkomst van gratis online cursussen. Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek
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"Of course it's great that Frank is creative, knows all the new gadgets, closely follows trends and is always thinking of new and special ways to connect people to knowledge. But what makes working with him really special is that he listens exceptionally well and really thinks along with you!"
"Frank is a news-sensitive science communication consultant, a quick thinker and switcher, and therefore an innovator in the science communication domain. I enjoy working with Frank. We and the students, but undoubtedly also the clients of his agency, really benefit from it. Frank thoroughly dislikes fuss and empty promises. In good English: Frank is a great resource!"
Associate professor of Science Communication, TU Delft
"Frank has science communication running through his veins and is constantly looking for new ways to bring science to the attention of a larger and/or smaller audience. Frank is very broadly interested, positively critical and a great person to work with."
Hoofd Corporate Communicatie, TU Delft
Logeion is the professional organisation for communication professionals in the Netherlands, with over 4,000 members. Logeion is the second oldest professional organisation for communication worldwide and has a rich tradition of innovation.
SciCom NL is an association for people who actively communicate about science and technology themselves or who want to promote communication about science and technology, such as scientists, journalists, information officers, science centre staff, teachers, students, exhibition developers, programme makers, illustrators, teachers, writers, publishers, etc.