Published: 2021-01-18 14:32 | Updated: 2021-02-25 11:25

Learn to write for the public and contribute to The Conversation

Do you have a PhD and want to use your expertise to improve the global public discourse and understanding of current affairs? Then the news platform The Conversation might be the right vehicle. Since the turn of the year, KI has a collaboration with The Conversation that also includes training sessions on finding the news potential in your own research and writing for the public. Sign up for the spring sessions now to secure your seat.

The Conversation is a politically unaffiliated news platform where academic researchers write their own news articles, analyses and op-eds within their area of expertise. The site’s editors offer significant support in shaping the articles, and also arrange workshops for researchers who want to contribute. These aim to improve the participants’ ability to see the news potential of their expertise and to write short, quality pitches that can be turned into promising stories.

Write for The Conversation

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact KI’s communications office at Please include a short description of your expertise, what topics you are interested in writing about and contact information. KI’s research editors and press officers help editors of The Conversation find suitable experts on hot topics. If you give us a heads up about your interests, we should be able to quickly match you with an editor when the right topic comes up.

You can find more information about writing for The Conversation at the staff portal under Communication tools and support: News platform The Conversation

Participate in a workshop

Sign up for one of The Conversation’s workshops by sending an email to This spring, we offer two training sessions – March 16 (last day to register is March 1) and May 4 (last day to register is April 19). Both sessions are held on Zoom at 13.30-16.00 CET. The maximum number of participants is limited to 16 people and we enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have enrolled and are unable to participate, please let us know asap so that we can offer the seat to the person next in line.