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50 Essentials on Science Communication

"This handy and entertaining book provides the basics of goal-oriented science communication. It is aimed at career-building scientists and anyone who wants to take their first steps in the field of science communication. Experienced international authors in the field share their essential thoughts on important aspects of contemporary science communication."

How to pre-bunk climate disinformation

Covering Climate Now

"Researchers studying climate disinformation agree: 'Inoculation' is one of the most effective options for countering it, and the first step toward inoculation is 'pre-bunking,' or warning audiences in advance. In this webinar, co-sponsored by Covering Climate Now and Climate Action Against Disinformation, panelists will discuss ways journalists can get ahead of climate disinformation and 'pre-bunk' it in a way that doesn’t amplify the disinfo or cause unnecessary alarm." Amy Westervelt, investigative climate journalist and executive editor of Drilled Media, moderated the panel. The panelists were Ketan Joshi, communications consultant & author, Phil Newell, Director of Science Defense, Climate Nexus, and Dharna Noor, Fossil Fuels and Climate Reporter, The Guardian.

How does science misinformation affect Americans from underrepresented communities?

Boston University

"New Boston University–led research has found historically excluded and marginalized Americans may be more vulnerable to inaccurate notions about science due to 'structural and institutional power dynamics.'" The Brink, Boston University's online publication for sharing research news, spoke to paper author Michelle Amazeen about the study's findings.

10 ways researchers can help journalists avoid errors when reporting on academic studies

"This tip sheet outlines some of the many ways researchers can help the news media cover research accurately, starting with the journalists who interview them about their own work." It offers tips to researchers for approaching interviews with journalists, differences in language between academia and media, and giving feedback to journalists.

Memory and belief regression after the correction of misinformation

Harvard University; Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy

"After misinformation has been corrected individuals initially update their belief extremely well. However, this change is rarely sustained over time, with belief returning towards pre-correction levels. In this edition of the Misinformation Speaker Series, Briony Swire-Thompson discusses a study aimed to examine the mechanisms of belief regression, and whether corrected misinformation suffers more from belief regression than affirmed facts."

Reducing health misinformation in science: A call to arms

"The public often turns to science for accurate health information, which, in an ideal world, would be error free. However, limitations of scientific institutions and scientific processes can sometimes amplify misinformation and disinformation... We characterize this article as a “call to arms,” given the urgent need for the scientific information ecosystem to improve. Improvements are necessary to maintain the public’s trust in science, foster robust discourse, and encourage a well-educated citizenry."

How to use ocean data for journalism

Pulitzer Center

"Ocean data is diverse and can range from information about vessels, cargo, currents, and biodiversity, to scientific databases about salinity and pollution levels. Utilizing ocean data in reporting enhances the accuracy, accountability, and predictive capabilities regarding ocean-related issues. Access to databases helps journalists, scientists, policymakers, and the general public understand the complexities of ocean ecosystems and the impact of human activities on marine environments." The panelists in this webinar from the Pulitzer Center are: Alexandra Talty, Pulitzer Center Ocean Reporting Network Fellow; Alexander More, climate and health scientist at Harvard University; Georgios Hatzimanolis, head of global communications and branding at Kpler/MarineTraffic; and Jean-Charles Gordon: ship tracking director at Kpler/MarineTraffic.
Fellowships & Grants

Harvard University – Radcliffe Fellowship Program

Harvard University

"Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present." Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000 for work over the course of an academic year (September to May), along with a $5,000 stipend for project expenses. The fellowship deadline for 2024-25 has passed; the application for 2025-26 will be available later in spring 2024.
Training program

The art of science communication — online course

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

"The Art of Science Communication is an eight-week online course developed by the Science Outreach and Communication Committee that provides scientists at all career stages with fundamental training in science communication. The goal of the course is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively and confidently present their science to nonexpert audiences in various settings, such as a formal public lecture or stakeholder presentation, or an informal local outreach event." Scientists and STEM professionals are eligible to register for the course, which costs $25 for ASBMB members and $100 for non-members. The next session will run in summer 2024, with registration open in May.
Fellowships & Grants

American Bird Conservancy Conservation and Justice Fellowships

American Bird Conservancy

"American Bird Conservancy's (ABC's) Conservation and Justice Fellowship program provides opportunities to examine and expand how we care for both birds and people. Our paid, part-time fellowships allow individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise to work closely with our staff and partners on understanding how bird conservation efforts can support local communities, ensure the consideration of varied perspectives, and engage more people." There are no education or employment requirements for applying, but fellows must be passionate about birds, biodiversity, conservation, and community engagement. The 2024 fellowships have several specific themes, including indigenous stewardship, lost birds, partnerships, neurodiversity, and education. Applications for the 2024 cohort closed on March 31, and selected fellows will complete their fellowships between June 2024 and May 2025.

ComSciCon24 Flagship Workshop


The 12th annual ComSciCon Flagship Workshop will be at Emerson College in Boston. ComSciCon provides graduate student attendees with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet early career leaders in science communication while also learning from, and interacting with, a remarkable group of invited scicomm experts. ComSciCon empowers future leaders in science communication to share their research and passions with broad and diverse audiences. Attendance at ComSciCon is limited to current (or recently graduated) graduate students in residence at US or Canadian institutions. International students who study at US and Canadian institutions are gladly welcomed. Recent graduates must have graduated no earlier than December 2023. The application deadline is March 22.
Fellowships & Grants

Oak Spring Garden Foundation residencies and fellowships

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation "is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being." Oak Spring offers four fellowships: the Stacy Lloyd III Fellowship for Bibliographic Study for work in some area related to the history, art, and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes; the Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence for an early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense; the Plant Science Research Fellowship for an early-career plant scientist; and the Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship, awarded to one outstanding, early-career practitioner, scholar or scientist working on issues related to plant and landscape conservation in the broad sense. All fellowships include a $10,000 grant. There are also 2- to 5-week residencies offered to people working in the arts, humanities, and plant sciences, as well as plant or landscape conservation. The 2024 deadline to apply for all programs is May 31.

Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Schmidt Futures

Applications for the 2024 awards are now open, with a deadline of March 31. "The National Academies Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications, given by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Sciences, recognize excellent science communicators, science journalists, and research scientists who have developed creative, original work to communicate issues and advances in science, engineering, or medicine for the general public." In 2024, the awards will be given to nine research scientists, nine science journalists, and six science communicators who developed created, original work published or released in 2023 that explores issues or advances in science, engineering or medicine for the general public.

Special issue on careers in scientific editing and publishing

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

"The focus of this issue of Science Editor is on careers and roles in scientific editing and publishing. In 2017, we published a similar special careers-focused issue, and it seemed a good time to explore what has shifted in the past 6 years. This issue includes interviews and articles covering an array of editor roles and positions, many of which are new, have increased in prominence, or significantly changed in the last few years. There are also articles on the importance of training and preparing the next generation of researchers and editors, increasing diversity and equity, and the transition to remote work."

COVID-19 Weather Report

The People's CDC

This newsletter from the People's CDC shares news and updates about COVID-19 and related public health issues. It focuses on "the latest information about how COVID-19 is spreading and the best ways to protect yourself and others from its many effects," along with new research, commentary, and opportunities for advocacy.

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2024

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

"The Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference is the only large-scale, international conference for astronomy communication. The conference is targeted towards professionals from science communication, informal education, planetaria and science centres, as well as professional and amateur astronomers, journalists and creative personalities." CAP 2024 will be hosted by La Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, France.
Resource Database / Guide

A Scientist’s Guide to Working with the Media

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

"Sharing your science with media outlets can get your work in front of a broader audience and promote the value of scientific research. But it helps to have tips for working with journalists, public information, and communications officers. This guide is meant to help you effectively convey the value of your work to journalists and the audiences they represent. Read on to learn about what makes science newsworthy, how to promote your work to the press, how to prepare for interviews with journalists, best practices for effectively communicating your science message, and more."

SciCommers Mentor Chat Series

Boston University

SciCommers is a free network for scientists and engineers to improve their science communication skills and connect with science writing opportunities, hosted by Boston University. In the network's monthly Mentor Chats, communication experts video-chat with SciCommers about topics including how to start a podcast, science outreach, freelance science writing, and more. Past Mentor Chats are posted on the SciCommers YouTube channel.

Science Talk 2024

Association of Science Communicators

Science Talk is the annual conference of the Association of Science Communicators. The 2024 iteration will include virtual programming from April 3-9, and the in-person portion will take place in Portland, Oregon, on April 11-12. All attendees will have access to virtual presentations. The conference features talks, workshops, and networking about science communication projects, research, best practices, and more.
Resource Database / Guide

Civic Science Career Roadmap

Rita Allen Foundation

This extensive guide provides recommendations, resources, and success stories for anyone interested in a career in civic science, "a growing field of study and area of practice committed to ensuring that all people shape and benefit from science, technology, and innovation." It shares lessons from the Civic Science Fellows, a program that supports leadership and collaboration in this field.

National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Awards


NIHCM's awards "recognize tremendous contributions of researchers and journalists who brought to light new evidence that advances the health system and the health of Americans." Awards are given annually in the categories: Investigative and general reporting, trade journalism, television and audio journalism, data-driven storytelling, research. The deadline for the 2024 awards is January 31, 2024.

PCST Network

"The Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST Network) is an organization that promotes discussion on the theory and practice of communicating science, and of public discourses about science and technology and their role in society." Members come from a range of backgrounds, including researchers working on the theory and practice of science communication, communication staff working for research organizations, staff at science centers and museums, science journalists, and more. The PCST Network has a biennial conference and regular webinars for members.

The Contextualization Deficit: Reframing trust in science for multilateral policy

International Science Council, Centre for Science Futures

"In a world of growing geopolitical tensions, science remains one common language for developing coordinated international action. When trust in science is compromised, the capacity for cohesive global policy action is further diminished. The question is how can the multilateral policy interface engage effectively with science, in ways trusted by populations? This working paper addresses this crucial problem by reviewing what research and practice in a range of fields from journalism to regulation have learned about trust in science in recent years, and the implications of that body of knowledge for policy-makers. The research suggests that the expectation that ‘trust in science’ should lead naturally to universal public compliance, although often criticized, still prevails among policy (and scientific) circles. The working paper proposes a different, more meaningful form of engagement of the multilateral system with science, organized around the notion of contextualization – in other words, the recognition that values, history, socio-economic factors and identities shape how people will respond to the science–policy interface in specific locations. It also considers the implications for action of the different engagement model for the science–policy interface."

How Science Writing Fuels My Ph.D.

Duke University

"Research can be an insulating endeavor, but bringing my work out of the lab and sharing it with the wider world of politics helped deepen my appreciation for science and the people that fund that science," writes Ph.D. student Jameson Blount. In this blog post, Blount describes his experience pairing research with science writing.

How do science journalists decide whether a psychology study is worth covering?

"A recent study finds that sample size is the only factor having a robust influence on 181 science journalists’ ratings of the trustworthiness and newsworthiness of a study. But [the authors] note that, overall, these journalists are doing a 'very decent job' vetting research. Here's how they do it."