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Essential Skills for Scientists

Looking to enhance your career? Sativus Essential Skills for Scientists Professional Development program offers five courses with over 60 topics, perfect for those involved in conducting, managing, and investing in science and research. These courses are designed with input from a diverse group of professionals to provide the essential skills required to manage projects effectively and communicate science impactfully, beyond technical research skills.

Essential Skills for Scientists delivers targeted and structured learning programs, customised to meet your needs at different stages of your career and working within different types of organisations. With our courses, you can acquire the necessary skills to advance your career and achieve your professional goals.

These courses are designed to align with the Australian Qualifications Framework and the standards set by the Australian Department of Education, Skills, and Employment.

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Our courses are different to others because they were created from lived experience – they are made by researchers, for researchers. Project management in research is very different to project management in business, as there are several additional variables that need to be accounted for. Translating science into language that is easy to understand is very different from using journalistic theories to communicate research.

Professional Development Courses


In this course, you will acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to manage scientific projects efficiently and effectively, delivering high-quality results within budget and on time.


In this course, you will learn the principles of effective scientific communication and how to use various tools to create engaging and impactful verbal and visual communication for your research.


In this course, you will acquire the skills necessary to write clear, concise, and effective scientific communication pieces that are tailored to the needs of their audience.


In this course, you will learn how to create a plan for adoption and extension of your scientific research, as well as how to commercialise your findings.


In this course, you will learn how to create a compelling and effective research proposal, tender response or science pitch that sets your project ideas apart.

We tailor learning packages

Looking for an easy and affordable way to meet your professional development needs? Sativus has developed learning packages that offer participants the opportunity to earn badges upon completing each section and a Certificate upon completion of the program.

At Sativus, we are committed to providing scientists with the skills necessary to effectively share and apply their research in the real world. Our Essential Skills for Scientists program is tailored to meet the specific needs of your team and we look forward to co-designing a program that will help your team acquire the essential skills to succeed in the field of science.

Sativus Tailored Learning Packages


  • 5 hrs of online course material
  • 2 hr online group workshop
  • 8 hrs of additional online personal development learning material
  • Fortnightly newsletter
  • Lifetime access to Sativus resource library


1 – 5 Courses for each person in a team
  • Participants receive all inclusions from Package 1
  • Sativus organises:

    • All participants and their individual course selections
    • All internal and external communication
    • Program management
  • A detailed monitoring and evaluation report


All 5 courses per person
  • Participants receive all inclusions from Package 1 and Package 2
  • Sativus organises:

    • All five courses for your staff across a set period that aligns with organisational priorities
    • Tailored webinars that address organisation-specific challenges
  • Content material developed in your organisation’s brand for use for future staff inductions.
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Discover how the Essential Skills for Scientists Program can boost your scientific research impact and accessibility, while providing valuable career opportunities. Join the program now and elevate your skills to the next level.

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