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Science Communication Guide

Resources to support the MSU science community in effectively sharing research with the academic, scientific, and public audiences.

Introduction: About this Guide

As STEM fields are increasingly aware of the value of sharing scientific innovations and research with the general public, effective communication skills have become a valued skill-set for STEM professionals. Science communication is often used to describe a growing sub-field and efforts by the scientific community to increase public understanding of science. However, effective communication skills can benefit scientists in all aspects of their work beyond just public outreach efforts.

This guide highlights key resources for communicating science with both the public and scientific community. Resources in this guide are intended to support STEM students, faculty, and researchers in both improving their communication skills and broadening the impact of their research.

Guide Contents

Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to the various sections and sub-sections of this guide:

Selected Science Communication Books

Effective Science Communication

This e-book covers many of the ways in which scientists are expected to communicate in their careers. Although intended for early career researchers, the authors include practical information on publishing in academic journals and presenting at conferences that may be relevant to researchers at a a variety of levels.

Complete Science Communication

Written as a textbook to support advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the book brings together all aspects of science communication. Focus is on the four key areas of writing for non-technical audiences and science journalism; writing for technical audiences and peer-reviewed journals; public speaking of science; and public relations.

Ethics and Practice in Science Communication

From climate to vaccination, stem-cell research to evolution, scientific work is often the subject of public controversies in which scientists and science communicators find themselves enmeshed. Gathering together the work of a multidisciplinary, international collection of scholars, the editors of Ethics and Practice in Science Communication present an enlightening dialogue involving these communities, one that articulates the often differing objectives and ethical responsibilities communicators face in bringing a range of scientific knowledge to the wider world.

Communicating Science Effectively

Communicating Science Effectively offers a research agenda for science communicators and researchers seeking to apply this research and fill gaps in knowledge about how to communicate effectively about science, focusing in particular on issues that are contentious in the public sphere. To inform this research agenda, this publication identifies important influences—psychological, economic, political, social, cultural, and media-related—on how science related to such issues is understood, perceived, and used. Available in both print and e-book formats.

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