This section feature science communication activities that researchers can engage in, and the organizations that provide them.
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What you can do: Write a short piece about your work; it's edited by a journalist and published on the site.
THE BITES SITES
What you can do: Volunteer to summarize one academic article per month for your subject area's site
The Organizations. The goal of these sites is to help undergrads (or anyone interested) to navigate current research literature. Each researcher/author writes one short summary of a recent paper per month, and one new summary per day is added to the website.
NOBA: Knowledge Evolved
What you can do: Create a free, accessible module on your area of expertise within Psychology.
The Organization. Noba is an alternative to traditional textbooks, in which each module is created by experts and is made freely available for use by teachers and students. Browse existing modules here.
What you can do: Commission a video that explains your research in a clear and engaging way.
Note: This is a paid service.
The Organization. Kindea Labs offers researchers the (paid) service of creating an engaging explanatory video of their research that can then be used to promote the work on the internet.
JOVE: Journal of Visual Experiments
What you can do: Publish a video of your experiment or technique.
The Organization. JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal. Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today; poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques. All JoVE articles are indexed in subject-relevant indexing sites, including PubMed/MEDLINE, SciFinder and Scopus. Publishing in JoVE allows authors to dynamically present their methods, data analyses and results clearly, accurately, and professionally with the guidance of JoVE's professional videographers and editors.
DANCE YOUR PHD CONTEST
What you can do: Choreograph a dance to explain your PhD thesis, post the video on Vimeo, and send the link to enter to win $1000 and a free trip to California.
The Organization. The Dance Your PhD contest is sponsored by Science (AAAS).
What you can do: Volunteer to present to interested people from across disciplines in a casual, beer drinking, setting.
The Organization. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 80 cities during which several researcher volunteers give 18-21 min "fun-yet-informative" presentations on their subjects, while the audience drinks along.
What you can do: Volunteer to present at a Science Cafe meeting in your city.
The Organization. Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Venues range from a local library or coffee house to a neighborhood bar. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.
What you can do: Volunteer to present at a Cafe Scientifique meeting in your city.
The Organization. Cafe Scientique is a set of meetings where scientists take turns presenting on their topics in casual local venues such as cafes, restaurants, bars, and theaters.
What you can do: Write a blog post on a science topic. Post on the site and benefit from the sciengage social media shout out to your post.
The Organization. Sciengage is a blogging platform that supports scientists wishing to engage in public discourse and science outreach by writing about scientific work for public audiences.
What you can do: Sign up to tweet for @RealScientists on Twitter for a week.
The Organization. RealScientists is a rotational twitter account featuring real scientists, science writers, communicators and policy makers talking about their lives and their work. Tweeters from different fields of science and science-related fields. Get a feel for what scientists are actually doing locked away in those labs, and checkout all the things you can do with a science degree. If you’d like to participate, drop them an email. For more information on how to apply for curation, and why you should sign up and tweet for them for a week, see here.
PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCIENCE
What you can do: Be interviewed about your passion and your journey for a podcast about scientists.
The Organization. People Behind the Science is a podcast focused on the people doing fascinating research through interviews with top scientists. Each scientist guides the listeners through their journey by sharing their successes, failures, and passions. Questions covered include: what motivates you and how you balance your competing responsibilities, how you worked through some of the most challenging times in your career, advice to help the listeners through their own journey through life and science.
FRONTIERS FOR YOUNG MINDS
What you can do: Submit an article aimed at children 8-15 years old, either on a new discovery or a core concept, on the subjects of Neuroscience, Earth and its Resources, Astronomy and Space Science, or Health.
The Organization. Frontiers for Young Minds is a non-profit scientific journal for which young people serve not only as the target audience, but also as critical participants in the review of manuscripts written by expert researchers. They connect 8-15 year olds directly with leading scientists to provide feedback on articles about cutting-edge discoveries. The end result is a journal of freely available scientific articles that are written by leading scientists and shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own peers. To see info for audiences click here.
What you can do: Sign up and create a speaker profile to join the directory and be booked for speaking events with the public.
The Organization. Speakezee is a platform that connects expert scientists interested in speaking with the public with event organizers.
What you can do: Partner with Science Buddies and write up science fair project ideas for children based on your research.
The Organization. Science Buddies provides free science fair project ideas created by scientists based on their research to students, and provides some NSF grant help to researchers.