SciComm Resources

Graph paper and writing tools. Photo by Kelly Sikkema.

The world of science communication is fast-growing, and there are new resources appearing all the time. Here I’ve gathered a few helpful ones I’ve come across recently. Rather than trying to curate a complete list, my plan is to periodically update the blog with new resource posts. You can find them all under the scicomm-resources tag.

General SciComm Resources

  • A Comprehensive Guide to Science Communication – Hindawi Limited
    Aimed toward scientists looking to improve their communication to general audiences, this guide — as promised by the name — covers a little bit of everything.
  • AAAS Communication Toolkit – AAAS
    Scientists and the public often communicate in opposing fashions. This AAAS toolkit empowers scientists with tools to improve their public engagement and communication efforts.
  • HAQAST Resources – NASA HAQAST
    This page gathers a variety of resources about science communication and policy-related outreach. It also contains advice for communicating with journalists and on social media.
  • The Definitive Guide to Facilitating Remote Workshops – MURAL
    In the age of Zoom, we’re all teaching virtually. We ought to do it the best that we can! This guide covers both theory and practice.

Visuals

  • Illustrating Complex Science Stories – Knight School of Journalism
    Visuals can make or break a story. Make sure that your visuals make sense for your audience. Although this guide is aimed at science journalists, the principles hold for scientists and science communicators, too.

Policy and Advocacy

  • Pocket Guide for Scientists: The First Amendment – Climate Science Legal Defense Fund
    Interested in advocating for political policy changes but not sure how it will affect your job as a government-funded scientist? This is the guide for you!
  • Advocacy Toolkit – STEM Learning Ecosystems
    This toolkit has advice for reaching policymakers, stakeholders, and the public with your STEM advocacy.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • #WriteInclusion Factsheets – Think Tank for Inclusion and Equity
    Aimed at storytellers of all kinds, these factsheets are designed to help authors tell authentic and inclusive stories with accurate representation.
  • Symmetry Style Guide – Symmetry Magazine
    Historically, the language used to describe some groups of people has been actively harmful to those communities. This guide refocuses the language we use in order to write about people with dignity. It includes specific advice for writing about aging, disability, gender, race, and ethnicity in thoughtful ways.

(Image credit: K. Sikkema)

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