Science Communication - making science more diverse and inclusive

Making complex scientific topics accessible for the public while maintaining scientific accuracy requires placing the science and research in a larger narrative context with an important social responsibility.

“You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother”. This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein and should be the motto of all professional science communicators. However, in the current modern society - in which anti-scientific tendencies are winning a certain weight - communicating the social role of science is fundamental and responsibility lies with the specialists themselves when they relate to the broader public. Society has become more and more dependent on the scientific work and experts have to be aware of their social role and need to build a relationship of trust with the rest of the population. This was recently mentioned by Professor Giorgio Parisi, Physics Nobel Laureate 2021 in the talk “The value of science”.

Science communication should be part of a scientist's everyday life as communicating with society about science and its benefits is more important than ever. Although having more scientists who are effective communicators benefits science and society greatly, there are still relatively few training opportunities for science students and professionals to develop these skills. Fortunately, effective communication skills are no longer perceived as soft skills. Increasingly they are becoming part of the core professional skills every science student and professional should have. 

“When scientists can communicate effectively beyond their peers to broader, non-scientist audiences, it builds support for science, promotes understanding of its wider relevance to society, and encourages more informed decision-making at all levels, from government to communities to individuals,” told us Milica Momčilović, president of The World Federation of Science Journalists and board member of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists.

When scientists communicate more effectively, science thrives.

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Organisations

  • Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES)

    The Centre for Southeast European Studies was set up in November 2008 following the establishment of Southeastern Europe as a strategic priority at the University of Graz in 2000. The Centre is an interdisciplinary...

  • European Association of Science Editors (EASE)

    The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience in science ...

  • Euroscience

    Euroscience was founded in 1997 by members of Europe's research community to: provide an open forum for debate on science and technology and research policies in Europe strengthen the ...

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Calls

  • Call for Session Proposals for ESOF2022: Submit your proposal!

    The Call for Proposals for the 2022 edition of the EuroScience Open Forum  is open until 15 November 2021. The ESOF2022 submission platform is available to receive proposals for sessions and...

  • MSc Science Communication - Imperial College London

    This course will prepare you for a wide range of professional science communication careers, including: Broadcast Online journalism Science policy Public relations Engagement and outreach...

  • NWA Science Communication

    The call 'NWA Science Communication' aims to fund projects that strengthen the connection between science and society. This call focuses specifically on projects that offer new science communication concepts...

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Documents

  • [WBC-RTI.INFO Newsletter] Science Communication

    Making complex scientific topics accessible for the public while maintaining scientific accuracy requires placing the science and research in a larger narrative context with an important social responsibility...

  • [Focus Article] - Communicating science

    Communicating science: hints on effective online dissemination Communicating science to the general public can be challenging. Making complex topics accessible for all readers while maintaining...

  • Declaration on the Future of Science Communication

    Science communication for action and engagement – a proposal developed by the participants of the International Summer School “Communicating Science” 2021 in Berlin

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Links

  • The Industry Collaboration Toolkit webinar (by EuroScience)

    Many early-stage researchers can find building a relationship with a company challenging. With many funding opportunities demanding researchers to apply for funding together with an industrial partner...

  • EuroScience Webinar: Science Policy 101

    The Webinar “Science Policy 101” for PhDs and Postdocs, discussed how scientists can interact effectively with policy makers. How to illustrate to a policymaker that your issue matters? How to get a ...

  • Open Research Europe Platform

    Fast publication and open peer review for research stemming from Horizon 2020 funding across all subject areas.

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