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Casting the Net Wide: Scicomm Resources Online


Jul 2, 2019


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We hope that our blog is a useful source of scicomm information for you—from concrete how-tos, to the science behind science communication, to the theories, stories and inspiration behind what we do and why we do it here at COMPASS. One of the most exciting things over the twenty years that we’ve been doing this is how much the field has grown. This week, we’re highlighting online resources from our colleagues in this work. While this list is far from exhaustive, we hope it provides you with some additional tools for your communication and engagement!

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has a guide for giving science talks that provides a thorough look at how to handle different types of speaking opportunities, with lots of helpful tips for preparation and delivery.

Todd Reubold’s Top Tips for Superstar Presentations video provides lots of useful information for creating powerful presentation visuals to support your talk, as well as tips on delivery.

AAAS’ Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology has a communication toolkit that provides practical guidance on communicating, with a section on media communication in particular.

AAAS has also recently released a series of videos of their mini-workshops on engaging with the public, using social media, and communicating with policy makers.

The Union for Concerned Scientists has a variety of resources for science engagement and also advocacy.

Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition has a series of webinars on many different aspects of science policy.

Aaron Huertas has a series of thoughtful scicomm videos and posts covering lots of the basics.

Paige Brown Jarreau shares thinking around scicomm on social media (and on scicomm generally) on her website, From the Lab Bench.

John Besley and Anthony Dudo have been conducting research on science communication and scientists’ goals. Their website shares what they’ve learned, and also includes a list of available training programs and groups.

The Op-Ed Project is a nonprofit that has guidance on how to write and pitch an op-ed (and day-long programs, if you’d like in-person training).

The Conversation is a not-for-profit newsroom that focuses on sharing information from academic experts with the public. They have a number of articles from researchers on the science of science communication (and it is also an outlet where you can publish yourself on your research and expertise, if that is something you’d like to do).

We hope that this provides some new ideas and resources for you as you communicate your work!

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