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Communicating Science Resources

PROGRAMS

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. 

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

AGU Sharing Science

The Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech

BOOKS

Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter

By Nancy Barton

Most scientists and researchers aren’t prepared to talk to the press or to policymakers—or to deal with backlash. Many researchers have the horror stories to prove it. What’s clear, according to Nancy Baron, is that scientists, journalists and public policymakers come from different cultures. They follow different sets of rules, pursue different goals, and speak their own language. To effectively reach journalists and public officials, scientists need to learn new skills and rules of engagement. No matter what your specialty, the keys to success are clear thinking, knowing what you want to say, understanding your audience, and using everyday language to get your main points across.

WRITING TIPS

Tips for Op-Ed Writing

PODCASTS

The Bench Warmer’s Podcast

Graduate students at the University of Rochester are creating a great way to communicate about science - telling personal stories. Consider this style and focus of communication a compliment to the more traditional lecture format - it's a different way of communicating and with different audiences and interests/concerns in mind.

What Have we Gotten Ourselves Into?