Faculty of Science and Engineering

Science Communication Incubator

Do you want to develop your professional skills in the field of science communication? Good news: the Faculty of Science and Engineering is launching a training and support programme for academic staff. 

The Incubator is a one-year programme that covers the complete professional science communication cycle and includes project funding for participants. Throughout the programme, you receive tailored advice and support from UM communications professionals.

As an Incubator graduate, you pay it forward by helping out close colleagues with questions related to science communication. It's all about team science!

Applications for the 2023 Incubator have closed, and the programme is now underway. 

Visit UMployee
Apply for the Incubator

What you will get?

Have you ever wondered about how you interact with people outside of your research field? If the communications paragraph you wrote for your grant application holds up? How you can learn more about science communication, or whether you can create a role for yourself in this field? Then the Incubator is for you!

The Incubator is a one-year programme that takes you through an entire project development cycle. You will learn how to create a strategic communications plan geared towards a non-scientific audience, how to implement and evaluate it, and where to find relevant professional networks and tools. In order to get there, FSE provides you with three essential ingredients. 

Meet some of our mentors

Your personal mentor is someone who works at UM and who is skilled in a communications field related to the project you are developing. While the list below isn't complete, it gives you a good impression of the types of expertise (and enthusiastic colleagues) we're working with for the Incubator.

What we ask from you - and why

FSE supports team science: science as a group effort, in which every team member contributes their own skills and expertise towards a common goal. Science communication is a valuable part of our faculty’s activities and of research in general, and therefore it has a place in team science too.

FSE wants to give researchers the opportunity to further develop themselves in this area. In the spirit of team science and academic citizenship, we’d like you to help others with your newfound knowledge as well.


With the Incubator, we want to foster a pool of experts who can help direct colleagues with minor questions related to science communication.  Who should they talk to for more information? Do you know of any resources available? And can you give some feedback on the dissemination strategy in the latest grant proposal?

In order to fulfill such a role within your unit, it’s important to get the conversation going about your interest in science communication. This is why we ask you to talk to your department chair about endorsing your application for the Incubator. You can find details about this endorsement on the FSE intranet.

Science communication is an important way of extending the impact of our faculty's research. Many FSE colleagues already do great things in this area. We value this contribution, and we feel that we all benefit from providing resources and training.  

Ralf Peeters, FSE vice-dean and research portfolio holder

Who can participate?

Participation is open to academic staff members with a (partial) appointment at FSE. PhD students can participate as part of a group with at least one more senior staff member. In all other cases, it is possible to participate either individually or as a group of max 4 FSE colleagues. To participate, you also need an endorsement. Read more about applying

Suitable for all levels

Due to the tailored nature of Incubator, you are welcome to apply no matter your current experience or knowledge level.

Lottery-based selection

In 2023, we have space for 5 researchers (or groups of researchers) in the Incubator. A lottery determines who gets to participate. The lottery is set up in such a way that it selects applications from as many different FSE units as possible.

Practical information

Full information about the Incubator is available via the FSE intranet. Below, you can find the most important details.

Important dates and deadlines

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2023 (with a pre-submission deadline on February 6). The Incubator runs between March 2023 and April 2024, with masterclasses - the only fixed element of the programme - taking place in March/April. 

How to apply

To apply for the Incubator, we ask you to think of a working goal and target audience, that you submit via an online application form. It's also important to talk to your department chair about applying. You can find the link to the application form on the intranet.

Additional information on the intranet

On the FSE intranet, you can find more information about the following topics:

Application and procedure
Unit endorsement
Incubator timeline
Seed fund do's and don'ts
Frequently asked questions

Contact and questions

You can contact us via fse-outreach@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Visit UMployee
Apply for the Incubator
FSE Science Communication Incubator