Many Resources Available for Scientists, Communicators

A power point slide that says "Create a Storyboard for Your Science Narrative"
The power of storytelling is described in many science communication handbooks. This slide is from a ComSciCon-VA Tech workshop given by Katie Burke.

Scientists who wish to communicate more effectively, professional communicators who wish to focus on science communication, and those involved in helping both groups develop their skills may find the following books to be useful.

Championing Science: Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers is a 2019 University of California Press book by Roger D. Aines and Amy L. Aines. A 250-page book of advice by a husband-and-wife, researcher-and-communicator team, Championing Science was written “to arm scientists with proven techniques for communicating more powerfully so they can continue to change the world for the better.”

Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training is a 2019 Routledge volume focused on the growing field of science communication training. Edited by Todd P. Newman, the 172-page book includes contributions from researchers and practitioners around the world and identifies best practices for communication training programs.

Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People over to Your Side was written by former editor of the New York Times Op-Ed page Trish Hall. A 2019 W.W. Norton & Company book, Writing to Persuade begins with the suggestion that those hoping to persuade others need to learn to listen, be empathetic, understand moral values, and know that “we believe what we believe.”

The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication has been available since 2017. Edited by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dan Kahan, and Dietram A. Scheufele, this handbook collects 47 essays by leading scholars in the field of science communication research. The essays are divided into six sections, including one on biases that can affect science communication and another that provides four “science controversy” case studies.

Additional book recommendations can be found on the Resources page of the Center for Communicating Science website.

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