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From Science to SciComm

From Science to SciComm is a guide and workbook for scientists who want to move into a science communication career. The first few chapters will also be of interest to researchers who want to get involved with science communication in addition to their research career.

The workbook originated as four blog posts, which have been re-written, heavily edited, and expanded to include even more tips for researchers who are just starting their SciComm journey. The seven exercises at the end of the workbook relate to the chapters, but can be used independently and do not need to be completed in a particular order unless indicated.

For the purposes of this workbook, the term science communication (or SciComm) is considered to mean any form of communication about science, scientists and scientific research, to an audience of people outside of that field of science. This communication can be through talks, performances, writing, or any other medium. It does not include academic communication to other scientists.


Workbook contents

  • Chapter 1 - Writing tips for researchers interested in science communication
  • Chapter 2 - Finding science communication opportunities as a researcher
  • Chapter 3 - Freelance science communication work
  • Chapter 4 - Finding science communication jobs
  • Exercise 1 - From research paper to news article
  • Exercise 2 - Write your own science news article
  • Exercise 3 - What’s your SciComm style?
  • Exercise 4 - Tracking your science communication activities
  • Exercise 5 - Pitch perfect
  • Exercise 6 - Transferable skills
  • Exercise 7 - Your SciComm CV


About the author
Eva Amsen has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. For the past decade she has worked full-time in various science communication roles for both universities and academic publishers. She is also an occasional freelance science writer, specialising in the culture of science and the overlap of science with the arts, and co-founded the MySciCareer website.

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