By: Brian Martin, University of Wollongong
The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level.
More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight.
CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not a representative of his research institution) to “stand up for science” in 2015 – is cited as a recent example of the career ramifications that can flow from public activity.
Actually, he’s not alone. For years, outspoken scientists have encountered career difficulties and personal repercussions.
But climate science and the advent of digital and social media shape how scientists speak publicly about science now.
“Using YouTube to connect people who do science, with people who want to learn about science.
YouTube is one of the most effective platforms around for communicating about and learning about science. Yet remarkably, given the number of YouTube users out there with a taste for science, there are surprisingly few scientists making videos.
To us, this presented a no-brainer opportunity to use YouTube as a way of connecting researchers who are passionate about their science, with viewers who are equally passionate about watching videos about it.
And so we created Science Showcase.
Welcome To The SCICOMM 25!
This is where I pull together 25 (or more) of the most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I’ve shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world’s leading science communicators.
Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out.
“In this panel, ScIQ producer Bec Gill hosts a panel with three science communication experts, and discusses the future challenges and opportunities of communicating science to the public.”
The panel includes Luis Quevedo – El Mundo, Filmmaker, Jayde Lovell – SciQ, The Young Turks, and Lucky Tran – Science Media Relations Officer @ Columbia University