In trying to be rigorous, scientists frequently pack presentations with content from journal articles. The result can be incomprehensible and a lost opportunity.
Most of the time, researchers aim to communicate the results of their work to other researchers. Sometimes, however, they feel the need to get their science across to a larger audience. Here is a collection of articles to help scientists communicate science effectively to the public and policymakers.
Writing songs for open-mic sessions at a Boston bar helped scientist-songwriter Saurja DasGupta to communicate his research more confidently.
Ditch jargon, keep sentences short, stay topical. Pakinam Amer shares the secrets of good science writing for books and magazines.
Researchers flocked to join Skype a Scientist after COVID-19 closed their labs. The squid biologist who founded it explains how the science-communication platform has adapted.
Funding agencies and societies love novel approaches to science communication. Here is some expert advice on how to grab their attention.
Pakinam Amer explores how science communication translates to film, comedy clubs, and virtual space clubs.
Josh Ettinger says that screenwriting classes and a stint as a TV production intern have boosted his science-communication skills.
Friends, family, peers and professors might struggle to understand your motivations for leaving the lab to work in science communication.
How researchers can tackle an “infodemic” of hearsay, speculation and fake news.
Funders require that researchers clearly explain their science to a general audience. Pakinam Amer discovers the secrets of sound science communication.
Craig Cormick explains how scientists can get their arguments across to members of the public.
Palaeontologist Nick Pyenson highlights the importance of scientific evidence to business and policy leaders.
By making videos about the first steps of his research, Adrian Smith has realized the production value of his science.
Sam Illingworth explains how poetry can help to communicate and celebrate your science.
A chance visit to the Science Museum in London brought Emily Scott-Dearing into science communication.
Making a podcast as a side project involves a steep learning curve, and although it might never beat Serial in the podcast rankings, the process can have myriad other benefits, says Katherine Bassil.
Social media is a powerful tool for science communication. Instagram’s image-focused model is no exception, say Hunter Hines and Sally Warring.
Aliyah Weinstein explains how engaging with other researchers outside of academic spaces is beneficial to scientists’ career development.
How I learnt to maximize the value of TV, radio and publication interviews to reach and help the people I most want to support.
How an ‘editathon’ can help black, Asian and minority ethnic scientists — and science as a whole, explains Nicola O'Reilly.
Scientists can improve how they inform politicians and other policymakers on how to make decisions, say Hannah Safford and Austin Brown.
Helen Currie has shared her fish-migration research at several UK festivals, including Glastonbury.
It can be a difficult career path, but also rewarding and worthwhile, says Brittney G. Borowiec.
To write better, remember that your science is exciting, says Eric J. Buenz.
The social-media platform is often a tool for procrastination, says Jet-Sing M. Lee. But what else can it be?
Science communication can be a welcome destination for some PhD students, but my road there was not straightforward. It required support from a life coach and international organizations, explains Evguenia Alechine.
What you should know before starting an anthology.
Communicating cutting-edge research to the public or policymakers is a competitive area in which full-time roles are rare. Here is what it takes.
The UK television competition, which has spawned spin-offs in 30 other countries, is back for a tenth series, starting on 27 August. The 2018 winner Rahul Mandal and 2017 contestant Chuen-Yan Tsou (‘Yan’) talk cake, failed bakes, imposter syndrome and why science is an advantage in the Bake Off tent.
For scientists who want to combine public outreach with research, a museum may be the perfect place to work, says Ricki Lewis.
Curation jobs are an ideal opportunity to showcase skills in collation and animation.
Dialogue with the public requires a nuanced approach and a willingness to accept uncomfortable truths.
The breadth of social and moral questions raised requires a new architecture for democratic debate, insists Simon Burall.