Communicating scientific findings - as well as how and why we do scientific research - is a big part of a scientist's job. But effectively communicating science can be difficult: speaking in plain language is not usually something we're trained to do in university!
I curate resources for science communication here. Here are varying opinions about scientists and advocacy, and below are some science outreach projects I've been involved in.
I used to think that great storytellers were born, not made. But now I know that anyone can learn to tell a great story. Below are some of the organizations and events where I've told stories. Read more and listen to the stories here.
Reflections: 100 Voices for Canadian Science Communication
Delighted to be among 100 Canadians asked to participate in the Science Borealis #SciComm100 project highlighting science communicators. Thanks to The Vexed Muddler for a lovely drawing. See the full gallery of participants and swag.
Science Integrity Project
The Science Integrity Project reflects the collective wisdom of 75 leaders in science, indigenous knowledge, public policy, civil society, and who are concerned about the erosion of an evidence-based approach to public policy decision-making in Canada. Through a series of in-depth interviews and a national forum, we developed four principles for improved decision making on the basis of the best available evidence. Read more about the Science Integrity Project (in English, French, and Inuktitut).
Federal Election 2015 - Science & Technology Candidates' Debate
The Science & Technology Debate was the first candidates' event focused on science. It was held at UVic onSeptember 23, guest moderated by Bob McDonald from CBC's Quirks & Quarks, and attended by over 400 people. Participating candidates were: Jo-Ann Roberts (Green), Murray Rankin (NDP), and Tim Kane (Liberal). No Conservative candidate RSVP'd or attended. Debate format and questions are here; a video recording is here. Don't miss Quirks & Quarks'election panel and reaction from scientists.
The Sustainable Canada Dialogues proposed a range of science-based policy options to help Canada move toward a sustainable future. Putting options on the table is long overdue in the Canadian context. We hope that our input can help Canadian governments - from federal to municipal levels - make ambitious and thoughtful commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the necessary transition to a low-carbon society and economy. Read more about the SCD here and here, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today
The critical transition from university to a permanent job has many challenges. These are particularly relevant for women and minorities, who tend to be underrepresented in scientific careers. The Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today(SWEEET) addresses the advancement of women from postgraduate degrees in ecology and evolution into academic, government, NGOs, and industry. I co-organized SWEEET 2013 and 2014, held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. Follow SWEEET on Twitter. Volunteer to help organize SWEEET 2016! It's fun andgood for your career.
Montreal's Ecosystems at Your Service / Montréal à Votre Service Ecologique
When we think of the benefits people get from nature, sometimes it seems like those things are far away: a cabin in the country, long hikes in alpine meadows, or lush rainforests producing oxygen. But most people live in cities -- urbanites also benefit from their immediate environment. This project started from conversations amongst the Bennett Lab about how connect Montrealers to local environments. We started "Montreal's Ecosystems at Your Service", a bilingual blog to tell stories about how people in Montreal benefit from local ecosystems. Follow ES Montreal on Twitter and Facebook.
COMPASS Online: Liber Ero Fellowship in Science Communication & Policy Engagement