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Important, accurate messages delivered by the right people at the right time are crucial in a pandemic. Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Three key drivers of good messaging in a time of crisis: expertise, empathy and timing

For science communicators to be effective, best practice principles need to be applied to the design of messages, the choice of who conveys those messages, and their tone and timing.
What will it take to get people to connect to the climate change story? mauro mora/Unsplash

Climate change is really about prosperity, peace, public health and posterity – not saving the environment

Decarbonizing the global economy would help the climate change problem – but also many others. Would putting all those additional co-benefits center stage help drum up support for climate action?
Prof. Stephen Meyers and his Geoscience 100 class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Ethan Parrish. Author provided

The profound perspective of geoscience can unite students

A science researcher's work gets twisted by a conservative news site; he considers this his wake-up call to educate as many students as possible about the importance of science to our world.
Doctor Who is a popular cosplay theme. But some people base more than just their outfit on the Time Lord’s exploits. Shutterstock.com

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

The first peer-reviewed survey of Doctor Who fans' attitudes to science reveals it was literally life-changing TV for some. But the verdicts were surprisingly nuanced and sometimes contradictory.
Scientists have pieced together Game of Thrones’ geology as the show draws last breath on television. Kal242382 from Wikimedia Commons

We made a moving tectonic map of the Game of Thrones landscape

Even in this fantasy world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have built the mountains, carved the rivers, and created vast oceans.
Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society. from www.shutterstock.com

Scientists want to build trust in science and technology. The alternative is too risky to contemplate

In Australia, the next government will need to meet the challenge of refreshing the social licence between science, government and the many and diverse communities that make up our nation.
Our decision-making and conduct is influenced by what we read, see or hear. (Shutterstock)

Why we see hope for the future of science journalism

Science is a part of everyday life. Science journalists can do more to connect science to the public.

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