Your Research in a Video

Your Research in a Video

Basic skills in filming and video-editing for researchers

Course description

In this 2.5-day course, participants will generate a video clip about their research project.

On the first day, students will be introduced to the steps of filmmaking and will then draft their first storyboard. In a second step, students will generate footage about their research. On the second day, the students will learn about film cutting and editing and will then apply this new knowledge to their own videos to generate the first version of their film on the research project. On the following day, all video clips will be watched and discussed in a small “film festival”.

This course is jointly organized by PPHS and the PhD program Biomedical Engineering.

Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to

  • Describe the aims of visual science communication in the video format
  • Plan the steps of filmmaking for your own project
  • Produce a script for your video story
  • Carry out a shooting/ footage about your research
  • Cut your footage into a film of up to 60 seconds


Reinhard Wendler
Science communication in text, film, photography, exhibition. Trained art historian and science journalist, making pictures, films, exhibitions, research descriptions and website hosting for research groups in sciences and engineering. Reinhard already taught researchers in biomedical engineering about how to produce research videos.


University of Basel PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine and of Swiss TPH.

Preference is given to those registered to PPHS or with the PhD subject ‘Biomedical Engineering’.

Group size: maximum 25 participants


You will need:

  • A device that is able to record film and export it to your computer
    • If this is a smartphone: Filmic Pro downloaded and ready (if you don’t already have it you will need to buy it for about 15 CHF )
    • If this is a computer: DaVinci Resolve (free version, or another software of their choice) downloaded and ready

Workload & credits

18h workshop

All students that further elaborate on their film project and submit a final version of their film about their research project within 2 months will receive 1 ECTS. Learning contract required.


currently closed

Minimal Standards

This is a course from the domain ‘Leadership & Personal Competences’. The main competence is ‘Communication skills’.


2022 cancelled
further dates tbc


Online and on-site

Example video from last edition: