Scientists talk about their research because they want their expertise to guide real-world decisions.
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A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.
Ten years on from the MPs expenses scandal, there remains in Westminster a lingering culture of elitism and a 'we know best attitude'.
The author as presenter.
Climate Race Film
We're running out of time – so we can't leave it all to Greta Thunburg and David Attenborough.
You have a lot of work to do before you step up to the mic.
Connecting with an audience in a productive way can mean first figuring out what they think, feel and believe before you start sharing your message.
Professor Greta Dreyer, head of the Gynaecological Oncology Unit at the University of Pretoria, being interviewed by SABC TV.
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The new White Paper can help scientists understand better why public engagement is crucial.
The map that went viral.
Maps can show "the big picture" to lots and lots of people in an engaging and colourful way.
Public bikes are meant to complement a city’s existing mass transit network, so the location of docking stations is critical.
Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening.
An image from the International Space Station captures plumes of smoke from California wildfires on August 4, 2018.
From the curious to the serious – a bird's eye view of the unique ways in which The Conversation covers the world.
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Scientific ideas can get lost in forests of words that lack structure and overuse complex language. Just like Sleeping Beauty, they need rescuing.
Scientists: your social media platforms need you!
Scientists have never been more needed to challenge division, misinformation and harassment online.
A diversity of voices is important in science communication.
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Scientists can be powerful influencers and role models. So there's reason for concern when the same names and faces dominate coverage and visibility.
Wind turbines are becoming as American as haybales.
While wind energy is often perceived as controversial, that may be due to the tyranny and power of unrepresentative anecdotes.
One of the authors speaking at the 2017 March for Science.
Four scientists talk through the ways they now build outreach into their work as a way to spread their research's impact – something that wasn't the norm for past generations of academics.
Your minute is nearly up.
A few tips and tricks on how to make the best use of your one minute chance to get your message across.
Protesters carry signs during a march for science Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Denver.
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One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
Is it his physics, his hair or something else? Brian Cox pulls record audiences around the world.
Packed venues, rock star status. What makes some scientists so damned marketable?
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical.
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Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
Dr Ian Moffat explaining ground penetrating radar to community members during a survey of the Innamincka Cemetery.
Funding for research in Australia could soon depend on how much researchers engage with others who could benefit from and help out with the work.
Author Joey Hulbert explaining sampling protocol.
The impact of plant disease may be reduced if people are made aware of the many pathways for plant-killing microbes -- and why preventing their spread matters to us all.
With the right skills, scientists can draw journalists like bees to honey.
Is there an art - or a science - to figuring out what stories will soar from the lab to the front page?