Public engagement - resources
Explore our ever-growing list of useful public engagement resources
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
Communicating controversial science and risk
A number of institutions have excellent guides on how to communicate controversial science (including GM and animal testing) and risk and uncertainty
- Sense about science - Guides to statistics, GM food, alternative medicine and more
- Understanding animal research and National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research - information around the use of animals research
- Science Media Centre - Communicating risk and uncertainty
- 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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