Science is not completed until it is communicated. Though many scientists may agree, they often lack the resources required to develop their own science communication (SciComm) skills. The Steering Group for the iGEM Science Communication Network has created a course to provide fundamental training in science communication. Our course equips scientists with the essential skills in writing, presenting, social media, illustration, and best practices needed to realize the full potential of their research and make advances at the intersection of science and society.
We recently surveyed current and past iGEMers on what SciComm topics they would like to master. The results are in! Here are the top 5 topics that you, our iGEM community, have identified for us:
- Communicating to a general audience
- Communicating to a scientific audience
- Social media
- Science illustration
- Ethics/best practices/accessibility
We are excited to be launching our own course on Mastering Science Communication!
Check out the details about our course!
Our course will be completely free and online to access at any time! We are recruiting SciComm experts in the areas you have helped identify. Each expert will create and record a video lesson, and will conclude with a short opportunity to practice at the end. Wait, does that mean we have assignments? Yes, you do, but we have designed these to help you, and here’s how! Because of the central role communication plays in science, these skills can improve not only your projects but also your career! As such, we’ve structured each lesson to conclude with an assignment to reinforce the concepts, to be evaluated by the corresponding expert or by our very own Steering Group. By the end of the course, you’ll have your very own SciComm Portfolio to demonstrate your new skills!
The pre-recorded lessons will be hosted on the iGEM Video Universe and linked to this webpage as well for easy access! We’ll also be posting links to the instructions for each assignment here. Each lesson will be about 30 minutes in length and the assignments will be designed to take about 30 minutes to an hour (but feel free to spend more time perfecting them!). Since lectures are pre-recorded, you start the course at any time and complete it at your own pace!
- Learn strategies for communicating to diverse audiences
- Understand how to leverage social media to share your science
- Use science illustration to inform scientific concepts while bypassing language barriers
- Ensure your communication aligns with best practices and accessibility
- Complete your own SciComm Portfolio
Outline of the course
- Complete each lesson at your own pace
- Submit assignments at the end of each lesson
- Earn your Certificate of Completion
Check back soon for our schedule and launch date!
This workshop isn’t a part of the iGEM Competition, and is not directed towards guiding you for medal and award eligibility.Any opinions expressed in this workshop are not reflective of any institution(s) with which we may be affiliated (except for iGEM Community).
We will announce our cohort of expert Tutors soon!