June 2021 | Designing messages

We’ve all had experience of thinking long and hard about how to craft a message, and finding that it misses the mark. It’s difficult to do well! We need to craft different messages for different audiences and media.

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Writing science simply

July 2017 | Writing simply without jargon

As science communicators a lot of our work involves writing simply without jargon.
This month’s newsletter explores this issue and provides tips on how to avoid both technical and bureaucratic jargon.
At Econnect we believe it’s important to challenge people with the quality of scientific ideas rather than the complexity of the language.
Articles include: 5 tips for jargon extractions, the definition of jargon, how to put a reader off and does your writing need some exercise – tests to analyse your writing
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February 2016 | The beauty of language

If you write about science or you edit someone else’s science writing, it’s easy to become jaded by the familiar hum-drum of involving key stakeholders, monitoring impacts and ensuring outcomes.

Sometimes you might feel like the battle has already been lost. But let’s not give up. Let’s not be complicit.

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October 2015 | Distilling your science without dumbing it down

One of the most important skills for a science communicator is the ability to simply convey scientific concepts and ideas to others who don’t have that expertise.

It’s about stimulating and interesting people with the quality of your scientific ideas and results without challenging them with the technical language of science.

However, being simple does not mean ‘dumbing down’ or oversimplifying the science,

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Making stories visual

February 2017 | Using smart devices to communicate

Some tips from our workshop “Visualising your science with smart devices” – We discuss why use smart devices to communicate science?, provide 5 tips for taking better videos with your smart phone, tips on managing your social media right here, right now and tips on creating good photos with your smart device.

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Planning science communication

April 2020 | Communicating during a crisis

When communicating science and uncertainties about scientific endeavours during times of risk and crisis, there are extra factors we need to take into account. We still need to apply general risk-communication tools, too.

Taking a bit of extra time to think through what we communicate can help us to avoid the rumour mills, gossip and conspiracy theories that flourish in these times.

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March 2020 | Reflections on Australian science communication

The year 2020 has been a challenging one for Australians with bushfires then floods, and now globally we’re facing the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in strong calls for people to self-isolate and act responsibly. Never before has there been such a need for effective science communication.

And, in the middle of this, in mid-February, the Australian Science Communicators had its 11th national conference.

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December 2018 | Reflections on the 2018 ASC conference

Econnect made our presence felt at the 10th Australian Science Communicators’ conference in Sydney last month, and so this month’s newsletter reflects on the 2018 ASC conference. Two articles are about research informing practice, and the third article urges us to think more clearly about the evidence supporting our practice.

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Telling stories

February 2015 | Getting out in the field

We find that getting out of the office now and again is not just a great way to shake up our routines—it’s an opportunity to see in action some of the science we write about every day and to defog some of the abstract concepts.

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Editing for clarity

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Training to communicate

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Interpreting natural environments

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