Science communicators work to increase public engagement in science related topics of interest, focusing on making the field of scientific development more accessible to non-experts.
Science communicators increase access and public awareness of the scientific field in a variety of ways including science exhibitions, journalism and media productions. Many scientists participate in science communication alongside their research by working on outreach programmes that aim to increase public knowledge of an ever evolving and fascinating field.
A lot of scientific outreach and communication focuses on getting school children and young people interested in current scientific research. This is often done through school visits and workshops where science communicators visit schools to deliver talks and demonstrations of current research in a way that makes it relevant and interesting.
Skills of a science communicator
- Adaptability- science communicators need to be able to deliver their information to a huge range of ages and knowledge base at an appropriate level.
- Knowledge and passion for science
- Ability to communicate complex ideas in an engaging and accessible way
Working Hours and Conditions
For a science communicator working hours can be highly varied and will often involve a lot of travelling either nationally or around the local area, visiting schools, universities and events.
Science communicators are required to be very flexible in their working hours often attending events and giving talks during the evening and on weekends.
There is no guarantee of a consistent schedule for a science communicator and it working hours will highly depend on what projects you are working on.
Routes into science communication
There is no standard route into the hugely varied field of science communication. All science communicators will have a passion for their field and sharing this with the public, with many science communicators having an academic research background, often with experience in teaching or journalism.
An increasing number of master's degrees or postgraduate courses in science communication are becoming available and cover a diverse range of skills for practical delivery of science communication from communication through print or broadcast media, to public relations and exhibition design work.