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Talking about Science

There’s more to a scientist than just a curious spirit and a knack for carrying out experiments. In fact, one of the most important skills a scientist needs is the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.

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Jennifer Gardy is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. Today, she talks to ScienceGirl.Org about how communication is important for a scientist and how some people do it for a living!

Communication skills are required at every step of your research. First, if you’ve got a hypothesis you want to test, you need to be able to explain it to your supervisor and to the agencies that fund research in order to get the money and permission you need to move forward with your experiment. During the project, you need to be able to communicate with your fellow experimenters to make sure things are running smoothly and everyone’s on the same page. When the project is complete and you’ve made some great insight, you need to publish your result in a scientific journal so your colleagues can benefit from the knowledge you’ve discovered, and you often travel to conferences to give presentations on your work. If what you’ve done has an impact on the public, you’re often asked to talk about your work to them too, on television, through newspaper articles, or in public lectures.

As you can see, communicating science can take many forms – from writing a proposal or a journal article to talking to an audience of fellow scientists to explaining your work to a public who is not at all familiar with what you do. While this communication is a huge part of what scientists do every day, science communication can also be a full-time job!

Many scientists find the communication aspect of their job so rewarding that they decide to embark upon a science communications career full-time. For those that choose to make this switch, the career possibilities are endless. Continue reading →