We couldn't find a centralized list of resources related to researcher engagement and outreach, so we made one.

These are organizations with science communication as a core part of their mission and provide multiple ways for researchers to get involved.

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SENSE ABOUT SCIENCE

WHO IT'S FOR: Anyone in research, with an emphasis on young researchers

What you can do:

  • Join their panel of experts who offer their help and expertise to fight unfounded claims that find their way into the public sphere. You can also help directly answer people’s questions by contributing your knowledge to their Ask for Evidence campaign.
  • Join the Voices of Young Science (VOYS) program, which hosts regular training workshops and works with young researchers to build an active community to “Stand Up for Science”

WHAT IT IS: This group offers a wide range  of resources for the public to get a better grasp on scientific findings, and helps sort out good and bad evidence. 


COM SCI CON

WHO IT'S FOR: Graduate Students

What you can do:

  • Apply to participate in the next conference
  • Participate in a local ComSciCon, run by alums

 

WHAT IT IS: ComSciCon is a series of workshops focused on the communication of complex and technical concepts organized by graduate students, for graduate students. Attendees meet and interact with professional communicators, build lasting networks with graduate students in all fields of science and engineering from around the country, and write and publish original works.


INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON PUBLIC COMMUNICATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PCST)

WHO IT'S FOR:

  • Researchers working on the theory and practice of science communication
  • Communication staff working for research organisations
  • Staff at science centres and museums
  • Science journalists
  • Students on the ethics and philosophy of science and the public
  • Writers and editors of scientific material
  • Web designers
  • Scientists who communicate with the public
  • Visual and performing artists working on science themes.

What you can do:

WHAT IT IS: PCST is a network of individuals from around the world who are active in producing and studying PCST. It sponsors international conferences, an electronic discussion list, and symposiums. The aim is to encourage discussion and debate across professional, cultural, international, and disciplinary boundaries.


COMPASS

WHO IT'S FOR: Researchers looking for training on how to engage with the public discourse about their research.

What you can do:

  • Check out their How We Can Help You page for information on group training, individual coaching, and networking. 

WHAT IT IS: Their vision is to see more scientists engage, and engage effectively, in the public discourse about the environment. Through communications trainings, coaching and real-world connections, they empower researchers to build the communications skills, networks, and relationships they need to realize this vision. They are a non-profit, non-advocacy organization.


ALAN ALDA CENTER FOR COMMUNICATING SCIENCE at Stony Brook University

WHO IT'S FOR: All researchers (some programs are particularly interested in early career researchers).

What you can do:


CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT OF INFORMAL SCIENCE EDUCATION

WHO IT'S FOR: For scientists looking to engage in outreach.

What you can do:

  • Browse Science Communication Resources based on scientific discipline and learning environment.
  • Read reports of science outreach studies
  • Read the Principal Investigator's Guide: Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Projects
  • Search and browse assessment tools by environment, resource, audience, content, and funding source.

 


AAAS CENTER FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

WHO IT'S FOR: Researchers looking for resources on science communication

What you can do:


I'M A SCIENTIST GET ME OUT OF HERE

WHO IT'S FOR: Scientists from academia and industry

What you can do:

  • Apply here (after viewing tips for applications here)

WHAT IT IS: Scientists put up a profile on this site, answer students’ questions about science, their research, the universe and beyond. They engage directly with students in live text-based chats. Students vote for their favorite scientist to win £500 to spend on further public engagement. (UK based).


NATIONAL COORDINATING CENTER FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

WHO IT'S FOR: Researchers who would like to work with and inspire young people

What you can do:

  • Create a partnership with schools, festivals, businesses, local communities, science and discovery centers, student volunteers, students, or museums and libraries.
  • Browse their Work With Us page for potential collaborations.
  • Learn more about public engagement by clicking on the Explore, Support, Plan, and Do sections of their website.