Welcome to Championing Science, a place to learn from interviews, videos, blog posts, examples and advice for science professionals and students pursing science careers who want to master techniques for communicating with impact.
"This book is a wonderfully informative 'play book' of examples and recommendations for scientists seeking to communicate the content of their research. From the opening warning, that 'scientists are great communicators —with other scientists'' to the detailed assessments of how visual and other aids help or hinder the communication process, the authors have built a vitally needed resource..."
— Daniel Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley
"A must read for those in the research community. Aines and Aines develop smart and clear approaches for communicating the importance of your work to those responsible for making policy and funding decisions. Their writing hits on what you think you already know and most importantly, what you never before considered."
— Felice C. Frankel, MIT science photographer, research scientist and author of Picturing Science and Engineering, (MIT Press, 2018)
“A rigorous and engaging pathway for scientists who aspire to get facts across effectively and make their voices heard clearly amid a cacophony of information. Highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to make sure that their messages land soundly and powerfully with important audiences.”
— Laura Lindenfeld, Professor and Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University
Why This Book and Why Now?
We were inspired to write Championing Science by witnessing the communication struggles that limit the effectiveness of many scientists. They miss out on funding, visibility, collaborations and ultimately, career success. We believe that great communicators make a bigger impact and that all STEM professionals can learn how to shine.
– Amy and Roger
ABOUT THE BOOK
In January of 2019, University of California Press published Championing Science — Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers, a book to help professional scientists and students studying science-based disciplines learn how to get results from their conversations and presentations to decision makers.
This book teaches readers vital communication, influence and relationship-building skills to advance their work. It covers topics and techniques that are not found in most graduate school course catalogues. Through instruction, interviews and examples, readers learn about the importance of extracting the essence, crafting messages, simplifying visuals, bridging paradigm gaps and creating compelling narratives.
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