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Thinking Outreach


Science communication seems to be getting more popular; that or as usual I’m just more aware of it so that’s what it seems like.

I do think, even if it’s not more popular, it’s a bit different. Science communicators of the past were often Robert Winston or Carl Sagan types; while often brilliant, typically not that inspiring to many groups of people, being fairly posh middle-aged white men.

We’re seeing more women in science and sci comms (e.g. in blogging), and more diversity generally, which is great.

If you’re interested in outreach (trying to get people interested in science generally) then have a think about coming to ThinkCon in March. http://thinkoutreach.org/ was set up by friend of Super-Duper Woo-Fighting Duo (with capes!), Andrew Holding.

I’m dabbling in it a bit myself – both on this site (see ‘communication‘ tag and the series of posts I did on the BSA SciComms conference last year) and elsewhere – a recent example being the following video. Don’t laugh too much.


Author: noodlemaz

I prefer to think of myself as a realist rather than a pessimist, but perhaps that's just optimistic. Honest, atheist, scientist, feminist.

3 thoughts on “Thinking Outreach

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  2. I love getting involved in ‘outreach’ activities, mostly because I like to talk and I like science, it’s a good mix for me. There are so many different ways people can get involved. Many science events need volunteers to run (I help out at Techfest science festival in Aberdeen) there is also the STEM ambassador scheme which is really good. http://www.stemnet.org.uk/content/stem-ambassadors .

    There are problems with science outreach and its role. There are many improvements that can be made, there’s a bit of a discussion about it on one of my blogposts here: http://sciencehastheanswer.blogspot.com/2010/09/great-science-communication-debate.html

    I am not sure how cuts in funding will effect science communication and outreach activities. Too early to tell, the outreach and communication I mostly see are based on people volunteering time and communicating science because they want to, so it might not effect it at all who knows!

  3. Nice video! You’re very natural in front of the camera.

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