Many of these resources are adapted from a series of public engagement workshops that covered: framing your message to be accessible, including for your government representatives; how effective engagement (and public policy) is founded on social connection; the diversity of ways scientists engage; as well as broader context for public engagement in academia and the science of science communication. These resources are curated by and courtesy of Dr. Tessa Solomon-Lane, Dr. Alexa Warwick, Dr. Travis Hagey, and Dr. Hans Hofmann on behalf of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. Huge thanks to Dr. Tessa Solomon-Lane for sharing these resources with our community.
The tools and trainings for science communication are abundant. These days, there is also funding to train scientists in communication and opportunities for fellowships. Below are just a few resources - choose what works best for you and your style of communication. If you have additional resources to share, please get in touch!
Science communication toolkits, training, and resources:
Union of Concerned Scientists: Science for the Public Good Fund
Am I Making Myself Clear? by Cornelia Dean
Escape from the Ivory Tower: A guide to making your science matter by Nancy Baron
Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson
The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
Unscientific America by Chris Mooney, Sheril Kirshenbaum
Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness by Richard Thaler, Cass Sunstein Don’t Think of an
Elephant! by George Lakoff
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda
Research on the science of science communication and public engagement:
Peer-reviewed articles curated by Roxanne Bogucka, STEM Librarian at UT Austin