DiaNa Communication Training includes oral, written, and group communication and it is an abbreviation for Dialogue for Scientists and Engineers. DiaNa is an effective set of tools used in courses in biology, biotechnology, and other subjects at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Uppsala University. The aim is to make all students as well prepared as possible for the life that awaits them after their studies. Regardless if they aim for a career in a company or in academia communication skills are very valuable. To be able to present orally and in writing as well as working in groups as effectively as possible.


As a teacher you are responsible for the assignments that include the communication training. Often the assignments are already included in the course plan. What DiaNa does is to emphasize these assignments, put them in a larger context, and give the students a chance to learn as much as possible from each task.

This does not mean that you as a teacher has to be an expert in communication to be able to lead a DiaNa assignment. The tools we use in DiaNa are feedback and self evaluation. The feedback comes from both you, the teacher, and from the other students. The main task of the teacher is to give feedback on presentations and texts and to be as balanced as possible with both positive and constructive feedback. The students fill in their self evaluation individually in the Communication portfolio and can also upload relevant files. Contact the DiaNa coordinator for your subject to get help with adding an assignment to the portfolio and put a link to it on the course in Studium.

To give all teachers the skills to feel as prepared as possible for their task IBG offers courses for supervising oral and written assignments.

Last modified: 2023-08-21