You marched for science, what’s next?

Five resources to help improve your science communication skills.

March for Science Phoenix, April 22

On April 22 people marched for science all round the world. You may have been one of them.

But what come next?

The March for Science was just the beginning of a movement that’s supporting informed science advocacy, community building, and accessible education — the movement kicks off with a Week of Action between April 23–29.

And deeply embedded in this movement’s mission is the need for more and better publicly communicated science.

But if you’re more used to doing science rather than talking about it, how do you take the next step?

Here are five ways to help develop your skills as a scientist-communicator:

  1. Sign up for the University of Michigan Stand-up for Science Teach-Out. This is a free online course that teaches core communication skills, and draws on the university’s ground-breaking R.E.L.A.T.E program. It’s just 3–4 hours commitment over the space of a week, and so is easy to fit in around busy work/research schedules. But be warned — it’s only running from May 5-12. So if you’re interested, now’s the time to act! Free.

These are just five ways you can develop your science communication skills and impact. There are plenty of others.

These includes some great resources on developing evidence-based communication and engagement approaches. One that I’d recommend here is the recent National Academies of Sciences report on Communicating Science Effectively.

The bottom line though is that, if you want to make a difference as a scientist, the ability to communicate effectively to people outside your areas of expertise is important.

So go for it — and flex those scientist-communicator muscles!

By way of full disclosure, I am a faculty mentor to R.E.L.A.T.E., and the producer of Science Showcase. I was also an author on the NAS Communicating Science Effectively report. And I really like the work of the Alda-Kavli Center and COMPASS (and am a member of AAAS) :)

Scientist, futurist & Professor of Global Futures at ASU. Author of Future Rising and Films from the Future. Writing about tech, society, & the future

Scientist, futurist & Professor of Global Futures at ASU. Author of Future Rising and Films from the Future. Writing about tech, society, & the future