Tips and Tools for Science Communicators
Scientists can play a critical role in advancing science-based solutions by helping policy makers, the media, and the public understand scientific findings that have implications for our health, environment, and security. However, the intersection of science, policy, and media can be difficult to navigate.
Scientists deal with probabilities, theoretical concepts, and nuanced language; their objectivity is of paramount importance. Policy makers, on the other hand, tackle broad social issues, speak in vague terms, and seldom discuss the intimate details of the issues.
The media world is also difficult to navigate. Media is fast-paced and journalists often have a small amount of space to cover complex scientific topics. Yet scientific expertise has never been in higher demand in the mainstream media.
UCS has put together a series of tips and tools to help scientists bridge these gaps, based on our extensive experience working with scientists, policy makers, and the media to ensure that rigorous scientific analysis is included in important public policy debates and covered effectively in the press. If you have additional questions, contact us.
Resources for Science Communication
This communication-training document for scientists is designed to help you communicate your research to different audiences, and provides modules and a sample document to guide you through the process. Please contact elishawc at hawaii dot edu for more information or if you are interested in using this guide as a training tool.
Tips for Communicating with Policy Makers
- Having a Productive Telephone Call
- Becoming a Science Resource
- Getting a Meeting with Your Policy Maker
- Having an Effective Visit with Your Policy Maker
- Raising Issues at Public Meetings
- Writing an Effective Letter to Your Policy Maker
Tips for Communicating with the Media
- Writing a Letter to the Editor
- Meeting with an Editorial Board
- Writing Op-Eds
- A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media: Desk Reference
Tips for Handling Harassment
- Climate Hot Map
- The Nuclear Power Information Tracker
- The Nuclear Weapons Complex Map
- The UCS Satellite Database