Science Communication

Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated. The communication to wider audiences is part of the job of being a scientist, and so how you communicate is absolutely vital.

Sir Mark Walport

When is the right time to start science communication?

Do you ever wonder when the “Right Time” is to become a science communicator? Are you nervous about getting started or taking the next big step? Are you doubting whether you should wait until things become more clear or you have more experience

** Originally presented as the 2020 ComSciCon-Michigan online conference.

Ask me I'm a scientist

What started as a project to learn more about COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic turned into a full series of asking scientists and researchers from around the world to answer your questions! These short, casual talks with experts give YOU the opportunity to watch, learn, and ask about the most interesting topics in science news. Click HERE to watch and subscribe, and check out one of the first episodes below!

 

 
 

On this episode: Dr. Augusto César, B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D. (twitter @augustocesarfm; Instagram @ycare_rg) is a an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. César teaches us why different people get sick from different diseases, including things like the flu and COVID-19.

Susanna Harris is demonstrating a science experiment to children.

Community outreach

Nothing is more inspiring than seeing the next generation of scientists build their curiosity – especially when they don’t yet know they really CAN be scientists. I’ve worked with hundreds of K-12 students in both classroom and non-traditional learning environments. I also host and present talks for adults who want to keep learning!

training scientists

As a Science Impactor at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, I taught scientists of all ages to turn their own research into fun and engaging activities to engage the public. Through guided learning of everything from pedagogy to conflict resolution, scientists are empowered to take their work from the lab to the classroom and beyond.

Susanna Harris is next to a presentation screen that says "What is progress??"

#scicomm on social media

Social media gives a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. I love sharing my passion for science with people around the world who get excited learning about science just by scrolling through their feeds. From demos to fun facts to commentaries on the state of scientific research, please check out my Instagram and Twitter pages.