Public engagement - resources
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Many science communicators keep in touch using these free discussion lists:
- PSCI-COM is a free email discussion list of about 2000 science communicators from a wide variety of backgrounds.
- BIG chat is the discussion list for the British Interactive Group (BIG), a friendly group of science presenters and designers of interactive shows and exhibitions where you can share skills and experiences.
How to do it
Practical guides for science communicators
- The National Co-ordinating Centre for public engagement - A comprehensive resource about what public engagement is, with case studies, toolkits, funding and training information.
- Sharing Expertise - The Science Museum's resource toolkit for museums and science centres with expert tips and practical advice.
- Collective Memory - The resource for what works in public engagement - explore and add your own projects!
- Taking science to people - guide for science communicators by Dr Frank Burnet, Emeritus Professor of science communication, UWE
- Social Media – a guide for researchers - Research Information Network
- The engaging researcher - The Beacons for Public Engagement and Vitae brief introduction to public engagement for researchers
Advice for presenters - the British Science Festival teamed up with science made simple to produce videos with hints and tips from some of the best science communicators in the UK
- Becoming a STEM ambassador will give you training and free CRB check to work in schools.
- Science Learning Centres provide high quality Continuing Professional Development for everyone involved in science education at all levels.
- The University of the West of England run a Science Communication masterclass - created to provide professional development in science communication.
Public engagement opportunities - we listed some opportunities for you
Read some of the most influential reports discussing public engagement with science.
- The Public Understanding of Science -Royal Society report (1985) The influential Bodmer report which sparked the Public Understanding of Science movement.
- House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Third report (2000) A Follow up to the Bodmer report.
- Science for All (2010) - Report and Action plan from the Science for All Expert Group, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- Who's who in public engagement? Have a look at our beginner's guide to the various institutions involved with public engagement in the UK
- Science communication jargon buster There are a lot of acronyms involved in public engagement, here's our list of the most common.
- Conversational tool for public engagement - Explore the reasons for doing public engagement using our tool.
- Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research - developed by the UK’s research funding bodies, its aim is to create a greater focus on and help embed public engagement with research across all disciplines in the higher education and research sectors.
- Wikiversity - A comprehensive resource on Science Communication in the UK.
- British Council - Directory of science communication links.
Sci Comm jobs
- Stuff that occurs to me - Jo Brodie's blog with a number of sci comm jobs in London.
- On Twitter: @CommsJobs; @ScicommJobs
- Visit the British Science Association Job Board for opportunities from across the science communication spectrum
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