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Effective Science Communication (Second Edition)

A practical guide to surviving as a scientist
Sam Illingworth, Grant Allen


Being a scientist in the 21st century can be extremely demanding. In addition to conducting exceptional research we are expected to communicate it effectively to a variety of audiences, from scientists and students to policymakers and press officers.

This book provides a roadmap for how to disseminate your research findings in an engaging manner via a range of channels, such as scientific publications, press releases, social media and outreach. Furthermore, by providing advice and worked examples on how to fund and publish your research, develop additional skills and support inclusive practices, this book provides a comprehensive handbook for how to be a successful scientist.

This second edition brings the text up to date and includes additional material, while retaining the combination of clear insight and practical advice that made the first edition essential.

About Editors

Sam Illingworth is a senior lecturer at The University of Western Australia, with a background in the atmospheric sciences and expertise in public engagement and outreach. Sam writes several successful blogs, has been an invited keynote speaker at dozens of international conferences and symposia, and has provided science communication training for more than 3,000 scientists.

Grant Allen is a professor of atmospheric physics at The University of Manchester and is currently the director for the environmental science degree programme there. He is an editor for several journals and contributes to a range of scientific strategy advisory committees, he has featured in many popular science documentaries, has been interviewed live on BBC and Sky News channels, taken part in more than 40 radio interviews, and he has provided expert comment for many hundreds of newspaper articles relating to air quality and climate.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Publishing Work in Academic Journals

Chapter 3: Applying for Funding

Chapter 4: Presenting

Chapter 5: Outreach and Public Engagement

Chapter 6: Engaging with the Mass Media

Chapter 7: Establishing an Online Presence

Chapter 8: Science and Policy

Chapter 9: Other Essential Research Skills


Hardback ISBN: 9780750325189

Ebook ISBN: 9780750325202

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-2520-2

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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