SciComm Tips & Resources

Looking to expand your toolbox? Curious to test the waters of science communication for the first time?

We have bundled our favorite articles, tools, software and apps – most of which you already carry around in your pocket or could download for free. Our aim with resources we produce, and those we link to, is to empower ecologists to better communicate the stories of our science (including stories about the people doing the science) in creative and compelling ways.


Our Resources

  • Resource of the Week – We post a single link and brief synopsis, once a week, highlighting a resource for science communication and engagement. Includes websites, books, blog posts, and sundry other resources. Contact us directly if you have a resource you think we should highlight.
  • Newsletter – We send out a newsletter once or twice per month. The newsletter highlights Section news, comm & engagement resources available online, highlights from our blog, etc. Subscribe here.
  • SciComm workshops – We help ESA members move from talking about why communicating our science is important to improving how we actually do that. That’s why, each year, we host at least one workshop or session focused on professional development for science communication and engagement. See this year’s list here.
  • MySciComm blog series – #MySciComm explores the personal and professional journeys of science communicators, including the joys, struggles, and helpful resources that surfaced along their way. #MySciComm also showcases the wide range of types of SciComm that people can do, from photography and illustration to serving as an institutional press officer, doing public engagement research, and so much more. SciComm is an emerging profession, and there are not only a lot of ways of doing SciComm, but a lot of ways of getting into it. Our #MySciComm series highlights some of the possibilities.
  • Communicating Science – This section and collection in The Bulletin of the Ecological Society features best practices which can support and enhance members’ efforts in communication and engagement, the science of science communication, education and teaching, and related fields of scholarship. ESA members are active at the interface of ecology and science communication and engagement, and many of the publications in this section are by members of the Communication and Engagement Section.
  • SciComm Lit Review blog series – This is a series reviewing books and other scicomm resources. Reviews provide unique content about lit that has direct or indirect relevance to the wide range of scicomm careers, approaches, and interests of Section members.
  • SciComm Resource Guide – Our instructors and contributors (to the #ESA2014 SciComm workshop) distilled their years of experience – successes and misadventures alike – into this guide book. Fully illustrated with photos and sketches done by our team, we hope this guide helps you enhance your SciComm, or at least inspires you to try doing a little SciComm.

#SciCommJob

If you’re looking for a job doing science communication (of any sort), check out the #SciCommJob hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. It’s also a handy way to highlight jobs you may be posting, if you’re hiring a science communicator.