June 12, 2015


In 2017, we completed new interviews with 33 science communication trainers. A draft report from these interviews can be found here; comments are welcome. We discussed these interviews as part of a panel at the 2018 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A more formal manuscript is currently in preparation.

In 2015 and 2016 we completed surveys of scientists at eight different of scientific societies. An initial paper on a subset of this data was published in Public Understanding of Science. Additional manuscripts are in progress. These surveys focus on how these scientists think about science communication objectives and goals.

We presented initial findings at the February 2016 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and at the May 2016 Public Communication of Science and Technology meeting. A draft summary report with basic descriptive statistics was also provided to partner societies and the development of multiple manuscripts are in progress.

Finally, in 2014, we completed 24 interviews with science communication trainers in the United States and Canada during fall 2014. One initial article from this study in Science Communication (see it also here in its pre-edited form for those who do not have journal access). Graduate student Shupei Yuan also developed a second set of analyses that was published in the International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement.  A summary of these interviews can be found here.

Many presentations related to the project can be found on Slideshare.

This website is part of our effort to consolidate what we know about communication objectives and their links to overall communication goals. Please check out the objectives described above and use the comment feature to tell us what you think.

As the project progresses, this space will host a description of a series of various communication goals, how communication might be used to achieve those communication goals, and what long-term goals might be affected by reaching your short-term communication goals. The graphic below is one attempt to depict the logic of how we think a strategic science communicator might think about communication.