Recommendations

There are a ton of useful resources for science communication out there. If you have ideas for guides, courses, webinars, degrees, and other work to highlight, please share!

Books about science communication

  1. Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story – Scientist-turned filmmaker Randy Olson lays out how we can adapt narrative for science communication and why we have to do so to be understood. (affiliate | non-affiliate)
  2. Handbook for Science Public Information Officers – Matt Shipman covers the nuts and bolts of promoting scientific research to the media. A great read for PIOs at scientific institutions as well as researchers who want to promote their own work. (affiliate | non-affiliate)
  3. The Science Writers’ Handbook – A collaboratively written guide to freelance science writing from some of the best in the business. The book offers insight into how journalists and editors craft stories, from pitching to publication. (affiliate | non-affiliate)
  4. A Scientist’s Guide To Talking With The Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists – My old boss Rich Hayes and science journalist Daniel Grossman have produced an immensely cogent guide to presenting scientific work to the press. (affiliate | non-affiliate)

Other communications, science and policy books

  1. The New Rules of Marketing and PR – One of the best-selling books in marketing. Especially useful if you’re doing marketing or communications work with limited resources. (affiliate | non-affiliate)
  2. An Enemy of the People – A play about a scientist who discovers a water pollution scandal that threatens his town’s lucrative spa industry. Written in 1882 and still relevant today. (affiliate | non-affiliate)
  3. Agendas and Instability in American Politics – A modern political science classic that tracks how issues are re-framed over time, including tobacco, auto safety and nuclear power. (affiliate | non-affiliate)

News, Blogs and Social Media

  1. SciComm25 – Kirk Englehardt‘s weekly rundown of what science communicators are reading, watching and talking about.
  2. Undark.org – A science journalism project devoted to exploring both the “light and shadow” of science in society.
  3. IamSciComm – A rotating Twitter account that features new science communicators.
  4. RealScientists – A rotating account of scientists doings lots of cool, fascinating things.
  5. Matt Shipman‘s Communications Breakdown – Shipman is a science writer and PIO who writes regularly about the ins-and-outs of science communication.
  6. Michael Halpern’s blog – Posts on pressing issues in science and democracy.

Academic Resources

  1. Cornell University’s Bruce Lewenstein, a professor of science communication, points to many helpful academic resources.

Workshops, webinars and institutional resources

  1. The Union of Concerned Scientists hosts regular communications webinars for its members.
  2. Randy Olson runs in-depth workshops on narrative and science communication.
  3. Compass has a nice rundown of their tools and resources.
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