Talking Science: Free YouTube series
12 July 2019
Public Engagement - training Training and development
This is an excellent introduction to science communication specially geared towards practising scientists from Greg Foot. It's free, modular, and did I say it was excellent?
Through a series of ten videos Greg takes you on a whistle stop tour of things to think about and top tips to get your started with science communication.
Starting with the important big questions to ask yourself before you get started it then moves on to how to craft effective science stories, before finally focusing on a few specific mediums for science communication: talks, demos, media interviews and making videos for YouTube.
There's also a pack of resources to help you that you can email to get a hold of.
Most of the videos are less than ten minutes, but all are less than 20 minutes, so if you're looking for a sound introduction to science communication that you can consume with a cuppa, at your own pace then this is the one for you.
Of course if you're interested in finding out more then there's a number of avenues here at the University you can follow up with, including training and opportunities - you'll be able to find all of these as they become available on the public engagement 'latest' blog. Can't find what you're after or want some one-to-one support - maybe to find funding, get pointers or just as a sounding board? I'm here to provide all that help so just drop me an email.
Science communication is just one of the ways that you can engage the public - there are sometimes good reasons to want to move beyond communication (inspire and inform) and be in listening or collaboration mode - you can find out more information about that in the animation below and through the training we provide.
Remember: honing any craft, it takes time and practise to hone your skills, but if you heed the advice in this you'll be off to a great start - so jump in and get involved.
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