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Science Communication

Support for communicating your research to a range of audiences, and identifying communication routes currently used by researchers at Newcastle University

What do science communicators do?

Image by Clare Fearon. 

There are a variety of things you can do as a science communicator. From Street Science, Science Busking and Soapbox Science, which tend to be more on the engagement side of the science communication spectrum, to science writing for mass media, podcasting, video, blogging and social media, which tend to be more on the deficit side. The main take home message here is that ‘there’s something for everyone’.

There are also opportunities for event organising, including science festivals, science shops, café scientifiques, museum exhibitions and many other types of events. No need to be an expert in all of these though, better to stick with one or two and develop your skills over time. Outreach for schools is a speciality at Newcastle University, and they have a range of activities for young people that need volunteers from senior level researchers to undergraduate students.

Examples of science communication

Recent examples from Newcastle University include:

Scientists around the world are already fighting the next pandemic.

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped.

TED talks

Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, discussed his School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other. 

Phil James, Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Newcastle University, director of the Newcastle Urban Observatory and lead of the UK National UK Urban Observatory Programme, discusses the many challenges in the quest to becoming a Smart City but also looks at the payoff that big urban data will provide in making a better city for all whilst also reducing our impact on the global climate crisis.



Public science talks


Below are a selection of interesting public engagement opportunities that you can volunteer to support: