In contrast to our early days, science communication is now widely discussed, taught, and promoted. We are thrilled to see increased appetite for these skills and ideas. Despite the growing enthusiasm, many cultural, financial, and practical obstacles still challenge scientists who seek deeper engagement. We lead and participate in efforts that contribute to changing cultures and systems to allow more scientists to engage effectively. We publish, speak, convene, and facilitate conversations. Our work includes:
- Escape from the Ivory Tower by our Nancy Baron is an easy and inspiring read that shares practical communications advice to scientists.
- #Gradscicomm, our National Science Foundation-funded project to convene a community to explore how to integrate communications training into the curriculum for graduate STEM education.
- Peer-reviewed publications such as “COMPASS: Navigating the Rules of Scientific Engagement," “A critical evaluation of science outreach via social media,” and “Risk Communication in Social Media,” as well as commentaries such as “Stand up for Science,” and “Science Communication at a Tipping Point.”
- Keynote talks and conference sessions such as “Going Public: Investing in Science Communication for Scientists” (AAAS, 2015), “A Fresh Look at Social Media for #SciComm” (University of Missouri, Decoding Science, 2014), and “How Do We Connect Life Scientists: Boundary Organizations” (Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences 2014).
- The National Academy of Science Roundtable on the Public Interfaces of Life Science. Our Executive Director holds a seat on this Roundtable, a forum to facilitate on-going discussion and information exchange among life scientists engaged in research, social scientists who study science communication, and professional communication practitioners.
- Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP). We are part of a coalition of scientific and engineering societies that curates publications, fellowships, internships, and more, for scientists, science and technology professionals, and students who are interested in becoming more involved with policy.
- Read our blog for our latest thoughts and weekly science communication updates.