Effective communication skills enable scientists to engage non-experts, inform public opinion and policymakers, inspire the next generation of scientists and voters, and improve our own research process. UNAVCO provides communication training for our three internship programs, offers on-demand communication training to our community, and develops training materials that can be incorporated into independent curriculum. Our approach focuses on encouraging conversation between scientists and non-experts. The skills practiced can be applied to all channels of communication, from a public or academic lecture to a social media feed.
At UNAVCO, we believe that science communication is a crucial science skill that must be learned and practiced. Science communication training can also provide key benefits such as cohort and confidence building. For more on science communication training and best practices, see our publication list:
UNAVCO, often with partners, provides science communication training at major and mid-sized meetings, as well as at member institutions by request. Trainings are modular and customizable, ranging from a 20-minute introduction to networking to a multi-day program with remote follow-on sessions. See our Short Course page for past and future offerings.
Topics we cover include both professional communication (to scientific peers) and public communication:
UNAVCO joined the Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet) in March 2016 to offer PoPNet-style hands-on communication training to the geodetic scientific community. Portal to the Public is a tested system of professional development tools designed to better connect scientists and the public in positive dialogue, in informal education settings such as museums. Our primary goal with Portal to the Public is to enable meaningful experiences between geoscientists and the public.
Additionally, UNAVCO has developed our own training materials with various partners through our experience working with scientists at all career levels, from undergraduates to professional researchers and educators. Please contact us with feedback or any questions about how to best use the materials below at educationunavco.org.
UNAVCO has developed a suite of worksheets and other resources that can be used by individuals or applied in a classroom or workshop setting. They are useful for scientists at all career levels. These materials, as well as other materials on this page, are in constant development and feedback is welcome.
And I Am A quick guide to creating an elevator speech about you and your networking goals
But Why? A quick guide to crafting an elevator speech about your research
Preparing for Your Poster Session A worksheet to help students prepare their poster presentations at scientific meetings
Social Media for Science A worksheet to help scientists and communicators plan their social media strategy
Main Idea Map A worksheet to help scientists recognize what about their work will connect with their audience
Presenting: Science! Tips & Tricks for Communicating Broadly Tips & tricks sheet for giving informal science presentations
Improvisation Games for Science Communication A few select games for team and skill building
Much work has been done on providing resources on improving communication between scientists and non-experts. In addition to what is presented here, we invite you to explore our partner resources and the following opportunties that can get you started on communicating your science, regardless of where you are.
We are happy to consider adding other opportunities to this page. Please email your suggestions to educationunavco.org
Last modified: 2020-05-11 12:42:26 America/Denver