#SciComm resource round-up

#ESA2016 is in full swing, and #ESASciComm is a big topic this year. Between our smashing success #upgoESA Ignite session….

…and our dynamic interactive scicomm workshop…

…inspiration and discussion about #scicomm is trending. And, there’s more scicomm to come throughout the week! Continue reading #SciComm resource round-up


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Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

Bison ecologists, Saskatchewan; copyright 2011, Bethann G. Merkle

Looking to expand your toolbox? Curious to test the waters of science communication for the first time?

Either way, you’ll want to tap into the wide-ranging SciComm Resource Guide curated by ESA’s SciComm Section. Continue reading Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Enhance your sketching toolkit at the #ESA100 “Communicating Science Vividly” workshop!

Guest post by Bethann Garramon Merkle

Everyone can sketch – even you.

Researchers have demonstrated that drawing (even without training) can:

There is even evidence that collaboration between scientists and artists may result in better science.

Continue reading Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Tips for Enhancing SciComm Inclusiveness

The author's accessibility considerations were accommodated by being able to work remotely (telecommunting) on her dissertation.
The author’s accessibility considerations were accommodated by being able to work remotely on her dissertation.

Guest post by Elita Baldridge

Part of being an effective science communicator is making certain that all of your audience is able to interact with your message.  

Taking into consideration conditions or disabilities that your audience or a fellow presenter might have helps to extend your reach while facilitating inclusion of those with chronic illness/disability.

As an ecologist with a chronic illness, I’m personally and professionally interested in making ecology more inclusive. Science communication is one way for a chronically ill ecologist to remain active in the scientific community. Continue reading Tips for Enhancing SciComm Inclusiveness

Ecological SciComm at the Frontier

It’s that time of the year – time to get your brain into ESA Annual Meeting Mode.

You’re furiously finishing that data analysis in prep for a talk or poster.

You’re checking out the Conference Program and getting your schedule in order.

You’re registering for the meeting and arranging meet-ups with colleagues and collaborators.

How about adding science communication to your meeting preparations? It’s as simple as signing up for Workshop 10854: Communicating Science Vividly.

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Inspired by the rallying call at the 2013 Annual Meeting to better connect our science to society, and the overwhelming enthusiasm for our 2014 SciComm workshop and petition to launch an ESA SciComm Section (done!), we’ve organized another hands-on workshop for attendees of this year’s Annual Meeting. Continue reading Ecological SciComm at the Frontier

Multimedia SciComm Resource Guide

This resource guide is meant to inspire and empower – not only are there great examples, but we’ve provided practical advice about why, how, and when each media type can help you get your message across.

Bison ecologists, Saskatchewan; copyright 2011, Bethann G. Merkle
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Our instructors and contributors (to the #ESA2014 SciComm workshop) distilled their years of experience – successes and misadventures alike – into this guide book. Fully illustrated with photos and sketches done by our team, we hope this guide helps you enhance your SciComm, or at least inspires you to try doing a little SciComm.

We’d love to hear what you find useful, and what you wish we’d included. Just let us know in the comments!

Looking for more?

Visit our web version of the guide, which includes more recent resource recommendations.

Resources: General SciComm

*This list is dynamic, and in-development. Feel free to make suggestions (use the comments section or contact us directly) re additional resources and great examples that should be included.

GETTING STARTED: The “Self-Promotion” Dilemma

GETTING STARTED: Getting on the SciComm Bandwagon


Just imagine if more conference presentations were made based on the following principles for strong public speaking.


Keeping in mind that adults often appreciate the same anecdotes and “Did you knows” that children do, these resources can be useful for planning scicomm for audiences of all ages.



EcoTone series on Eco-Communication

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Our workshop takes participants beyond why communicating science is important.

We’re empowering ecologists to better communicate the stories of our science (including stories about the people doing the science) in creative, compelling and innovative ways.

In order to do that, we’re working hard to spread the word about the workshop.

One of our main outreach mechanisms is a series of articles on the Ecological Society of America‘s EcoTone blog. In that series, we’re not covering the “how-to” that we’ll address in the workshop.

Instead, we’re concentrating on some of the ideas and opportunities associated with advancing communication skills among ecologists and others in ecology-related careers.

Check out the series, and feel free to share it with folks who might be interested!