March 2021 | Communicating science for outside audiences is about distilling

Scientists sometimes claim that science communicators “dumb down” their ideas and words. But the best communication of science distils the essence of the scientist’s work. Interpretive centres show this clearly, portraying big ideas in few words, excluding most technical language, and embracing different cultural values to reach the widest audience.

In this newsletter, we look at five principles of distilling scientific information.

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Writing science simply

April 2015 | Jargon

Jargon is a big part of the reason we science communicators exist. We translate jargon into plain language for people who don’t speak the ‘sub-language’ or we explain it to people so that they begin to expand their vocabulary in that sub-language.

Some people love some of the jargon all of the time. Others can’t tolerate it under any circumstances.

Which camp are you in?

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Making stories visual

July 2015 | The power of pictures

Use a monopod to get a different perspective in your photos. Go on assignment with National Geographic. Avoid cliched images. Get some tips on shooting video with your smartphone.

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Planning science communication

March 2018 | Science communication scholars respond

Science communication scholars respond.
In response to last month’s newsletter (questions science communication practitioners want answered by people researching science communication), we’ve had contributions from four expert science communication scholars. Dr Eric Jensen: Be humble (and realistic): the foundation of good science communication and evaluation; Professor Alan Irwin: A response to the discussion: What scholarly questions do practitioners want answered?; Dr Marina Joubert: Is it possible to reconcile science dialogue and science PR?; Dr Fabien Medvecky: From public understanding to scientist engagement
and Dr Eric Jensen: Evading ‘ethereal objectives’ in science communication.

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February 2018 | Questions science communicators want answered by researchers

Often, science communication practitioners in the ‘thick’ of designing and implementing plans, writing, videoing (and more) don’t really have time to do research about their field – what works, what doesn’t, and why.
By the nature of the industry, and often a dearth of time and funding, science communicators are keen on having a solid evidence-base for what they do.
That’s why, this month we muse on what kind of Questions science communication practitioners want answered by people researching science communication.

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Telling stories

July 2013 | 10 things

This week Jenni celebrates 10 years as sole director of Econnect. So we thought we’d use the theme ‘10’ to share our insights and tips this month.

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April 2013 | Sharing science

This month we’re sharing some of the places we go to find out about science. Where do you get your science news and information from? And where do you share yours?

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Editing for clarity

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Interpreting natural environments

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