Resources for Enhancing Your Science Communication Skills


By Myrtle Davis posted 12-17-2020 16:15


As this last year has illustrated, it is more important than ever to be able to communicate the significance of our research in a clear and relatable manner. SOT Council recognized this need when we created the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, and we are looking forward to supplying you with tools, resources, and opportunities in 2021 to enhance your science communication skills.

One of these opportunities will arise during the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting and ToxExpo when Laura Lindenfeld, Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, presents “Blending Art and Science to Master Science Communication” as the Opening Plenary Session on Monday, March 15, at 10:00 am (US EDT, UTC -4).

In addition, SOT has some existing resources related to science communication, including some recorded Education-Career Development Sessions:

These sessions and other Education-Career Development Session recordings can be accessed on the “Education-Career Development Sessions” web page.

If you are looking for toolkits to help develop your communication skills and provide you with information on speaking with specific audiences, some organizations with which SOT is affiliated have these kinds of materials available:

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Communication Toolkit contains information on communication fundamentals, communicating science online, working with journalists, in-person engagement, and using multimedia and visuals, as well as recordings of mini-workshops on science communication.
  • For those wanting to learn how to better communicate about science in the policy arena, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Advocacy Toolkit provides information on how to request a meeting with lawmakers, how to convey your message during the meeting, how to write letters to the editor and opinion pieces, and more.
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has compiled viewpoints and practical advice from researchers and journalists regarding “Communicating Newsworthy Social and Behavioral Science.” This digital resource is supplemented by a Communications Toolkit on the same subject.
  • For those interested in exploring the Alda Center’s science communication training, the Alda-Kavli Learning Center regularly produces free webinars on science communication and has a collection of recorded webinars available for viewing.

We hope you take advantage of these existing resources, as SOT Council works to identify other science communication training and development opportunities.