Euroscience Workgroup on Science Communication

Euroscience Workgroup on Science Communication Euroscience (ES) is a European non-profit grassroots association open to research professionals. Imprint: http://www.euroscience.org/about-us.html

We are experienced communications professionals from diverse backgrounds, including scientific research, public relations, and public science outreach. We are a Workgroup of EUROSCIENCE and our mission is to help anyone wishing to improve their ability to communicate science to scientists and the broader public.

Archaeologists and researchers from the humanities tend to believe that their images are easy to comprehend. Look at thi...
07/05/2019
This 5000-year-old mass grave hides a family tragedy

Archaeologists and researchers from the humanities tend to believe that their images are easy to comprehend. Look at this photo of a Neolithic grave, roughly 4.800 years old. Analysis shows "the tidy, systematic nature of the burial" and "suggests they were laid to rest with care". Norbert Hirschinger mentions: this image does not look like "care" but like chaos. Therefore it is difficult to understand. - Always ask someone from a different discipline: "What do you see on this image?", before using it in science communication.

Mothers, sons, and siblings fill the grave—but where are the fathers?

A highly respected scientist who not only communicated passionately but had the grandeur to engage with popular formats ...
14/03/2018

A highly respected scientist who not only communicated passionately but had the grandeur to engage with popular formats like Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory has gone. RIP Stephen Hawking.

In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The Big Bang Theory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world.

Communicating science often is also communicating data. What makes a good visualization od data – and what makes a bad o...
08/01/2018
GIJN - Global Investigative Journalism Network

Communicating science often is also communicating data. What makes a good visualization od data – and what makes a bad one?

Payman Taei’s round-up of 15 data visualizations will not only blow your mind, they will give you a clearer understanding of what makes a great visualization. Feast your eyes on these beauties!

Science Communicator: "During a solar eclipse, please do never ever look directly at the sun, but always use special gla...
22/08/2017
Space.com

Science Communicator: "During a solar eclipse, please do never ever look directly at the sun, but always use special glasses!"

Donald Trump:

Like millions of other Americans, President Donald J. Trump and his family got a peek at today's historic solar eclipse.

Great visualization of a penumbral (left) and total solar eclipse. The DLR hints that no cookies were harmed during this...
17/08/2017

Great visualization of a penumbral (left) and total solar eclipse. The DLR hints that no cookies were harmed during this test (otherwise than afterwards, we guess).

Mit Blick auf die bevorstehende Sonnenfinsternis in Nordamerika (21.8.) haben wir hier mal in einer extrem aufwendigen Visualisierung den Unterschied zwischen einer partiellen (links) und einer totalen (rechts) Sonnenfinsternis veranschaulicht. ⠀
PS: Für diesen Versuch mussten keine Kekse leiden [stimmt nicht ganz].

10/03/2017
The Telegraph

When giving an interview always be prepared for surprising moments.

A professor's BBC interview has been hilariously gatecrashed by children. Wait for the moment when the second child arrives...

Impressive animation that communicates numbers through time and visualizes the unimaginable. This interactive was design...
24/02/2017
This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

Impressive animation that communicates numbers through time and visualizes the unimaginable. This interactive was designed and built by Slate.com.

Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed ...

18/02/2017
Field Museum

Magnificent video by the science communicators and curators of The Field Museum.

Did you know that octopuses have three hearts? Or that more time has passed between T. rex and Stegosaurus than T. rex and humans? Here at The Field Museum, scientists are constantly striving to make new discoveries and gain a better understanding of life, nature, and the world around us.

As part of the #DayOfFacts, we asked some of our science communicators and experts to take us through Evolving Planet to highlight several of the many facts that can be found in the exhibition (and the Museum). We’re always doing research and learning more, and we invite you to be curious and explore the facts alongside us.

Great example of how to use data for science communication.
13/09/2016
NASA Earth

Great example of how to use data for science communication.

Visualizing the Warmest August in 136 Years

August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

Although the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August (2014). The month also was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.

"Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile," said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. "We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet." Those long-term trends are apparent in the plot of temperature anomalies above.

Read more here:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/2016/09/12/heres-how-the-warmest-august-in-136-years-looks-in-chart-form/

Learn more about the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis here:
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/

Learn more about how the GISS analysis compares to other global analysis of global temperatures here:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/2015/01/21/why-so-many-global-temperature-records/

NASA Earth Observatory chart by Joshua Stevens, based on data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Interessant, dass sich hier ein Zeitschriftenartikel mit dem Phänomen "Medialisierung" befasst.
10/08/2016
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte

Interessant, dass sich hier ein Zeitschriftenartikel mit dem Phänomen "Medialisierung" befasst.

Was diesen Artikel im "Spiegel" bemerkenswert macht, ist dass er auf das eingeht, was "Medialisierung" genannt wird: Ein Archäologe wartet nicht ab, bis seine Forschung publiziert ist, sondern schreibt vor der Begutachtung durch Peers lieber eine Pressemeldung. Ob seine Funde wirklich das Tollste, Schönste, Größte darstellt: egal, aber es steht so auf den Titelzeilen Was ist, wenn sich solches Rennen um Aufmerksamkeit in höheren Drittmitteln niederschlägt, in evtl. stärkerer Berücksichtigung durch politische Entscheider? Müssen dann alle mitmachen?

When listening to an inexperienced science communicator ....
04/08/2016
ZEIT CAMPUS

When listening to an inexperienced science communicator ....

Alltag im Hörsaal - Folge 397

Example of brillantly written "science" communication!
28/06/2016
So, Those Cool Souvenirs You Bought on Vacay Might Not Actually Be Legit

Example of brillantly written "science" communication!

The only thing better than traveling to an exotic location? Shopping when you get there! Everyone wants to have that little piece of a country to take home, but one thing many people don’t know is that buying some souvenirs may actually be harmful to the place you visit or even pose a risk to you. Y...

For the German reading amongst you ...
08/06/2016
Bürger schaffen Wissen

For the German reading amongst you ...

Wie kann ich für mein #citizenscience Projekt begeistern? #Storytelling kann dabei helfen: Die Methode unterstützt dabei, erzählenswerte und spannende Momente in die richtige Geschichte für die richtige Zielgruppe zu packen. Im Rahmen von GEWISS wurde das Storytelling für Citizen Science getestet, für gut befunden und als Trainingsbericht nun veröffentlicht! #tippsundtricks

23/05/2016
Isabel García

For the German speaking amongst you: Ein guter Rat auch für Wissenschaftler, die mit Journalisten oder Citizen Scientists arbeiten.

"Nicht erschrecken!"

Ich liege bei der Kosmetikerin und lasse mir die Wimpern färben. Als sie die Farbe von einem Auge herunter holen möchte, sagt sie vorher: "Nicht erschrecken."

Zu spät! Nun habe ich das Wort schon in meinem Kopf und es ist eine Herausforderung, mich eben nicht zu erschrecken. Das liegt nicht daran, dass unser Gehirn keine Negationen verstehen kann, sondern weil jedes Bild in unserem Kopf sofort umgesetzt wird. Und das Bild ist in diesem Fall: Erschrecken.

Schlauer wäre es gewesen zu sagen: "Ich komme jetzt an Ihr rechtes Auge und nehme die Farbe wieder runter."

Sprechen Sie die Bilder aus, die Sie auch in den Köpfen Ihres Gegenübers haben möchten.

For the German reading amongst you: The Big Bang Theory and science communication. Auch 2015 war The Big Bang Theory wie...
15/02/2016
Wenn Dr. Sheldon Cooper sich als Dopplereffekt verkleidet

For the German reading amongst you: The Big Bang Theory and science communication. Auch 2015 war The Big Bang Theory wieder die meistgesehene Fernsehserie in Deutschland. Was heißt das für die #Wissenschaftskommunikation?

The Big Bang Theory ist einder der meistgesehenen Serien in Deutschland. – Was kann die Wissenschaftskommunikation von ihr lernen?

© Rasmus Flindt Pedersen
27/01/2016

© Rasmus Flindt Pedersen

Euroscience Workgroup on Science Communication
26/01/2016

Euroscience Workgroup on Science Communication

01/12/2015
Wissenschaft im Dialog

Fergus McAuliffe explores some of the difficulties of science communication versus academic communication and how we as scientists can improve our ability to communicate, engage and most importantly inspire.

Die Keynote zum #FWK15 von Fergus McAuliffe ist jetzt nachzuhören:

S**t Academics Say
11/11/2015

S**t Academics Say

Academic writing. via @kati_whitt95

Telling stories and engaging audiences: A game documentary that engages players with the petroleum industry, Fort McMone...
12/05/2015
Fort McMoney

Telling stories and engaging audiences: A game documentary that engages players with the petroleum industry, Fort McMoney is the virtual representation of a real place, the town of Fort McMurray, located in Canada’s oil sands and the largest industrial site on Earth. To play is to engage with the political, social and ecological issues of oil production. - Make sure to watch the trailer.

Fort McMoney, a documentary game by David Dufresne. Take control of Fort McMurray, Canada, the third largest oil reserve in the world, and make your worldview triumph. A TOXA/ONF production in association with Arte and with the financial participation of the CMF.

This useful resource on videos in science communication for the German reading amongst you: Die Kunst, Wissenschaft nich...
06/05/2015
Blogartikel

This useful resource on videos in science communication for the German reading amongst you: Die Kunst, Wissenschaft nicht nur in Worte, sondern auch in bewegte Bilder zu fassen, war Thema beim Symposium „Der richtige Dreh – Wie Wissenschaft verständlich wird“ Was im Kommen ist, was geht und über ein paar Tipps, wie man sein Video definitiv verhaut, berichtet das Blogpost „Der richtige Dreh?“

Das Blog von WiD berichtet über Trends und Themen der Wissenschaftskommunikation.

A nice free ressource.
09/04/2015
Impact Challenge Day 22: Get your research to the press

A nice free ressource.

Your next Challenge is to get the word out about your research to the press. Doing so can help you gain wide exposure for your articles and, in the case of applied research, get your studies into the hands of patients, policy makers, and other populations that need it the most. Today, we’ll cover ho…

For the German spreaking amongst you: The Call for Proposals for the 8th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation is open now. C...
22/03/2015
Call for Proposals

For the German spreaking amongst you: The Call for Proposals for the 8th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation is open now. Check out the requirements and complete the online form below. The call will be open until 5 May.

Wissenschaft im Dialog. Die Initiative der deutschen Wissenschaft engagiert sich für den Dialog zwischen Forschung und Gesellschaft.

"Acceptance of scientific facts is not based solely on comprehension levels.” a new study says. Well, this is not new, b...
02/02/2015
Study reveals wide gaps in opinion between scientists and general public

"Acceptance of scientific facts is not based solely on comprehension levels.” a new study says. Well, this is not new, but is needs to be emphasized again.

Scientists and the public agree on very little when it comes climate change, childhood vaccine requirements and more, but both groups feel more pessimistic about the direction of science, according to a new study released today from the Pew Research Center.

Excellent example how to illustrate large numbers and relations. Used as campaign by a couple of environmental NGOs. Do ...
19/08/2014
Shark Attack | ripetungi

Excellent example how to illustrate large numbers and relations. Used as campaign by a couple of environmental NGOs. Do you have further examples of such best practice?

Recently received a Facebook message from content marketing wizard Joe Chernov linking to the Huffington Post article 100 million sharks are killed annually. This was an astonishing fact and the enormity of the number made it difficult to wrap your head around. Joe also shared an idea for a graphi…

05/06/2014
goop mag 16 | goop.com

Gwyneth Paltrow is trying to tell her fans to be nice to water - seriously. She publishes and applauses a text on her "goop mag" that says negativity would change the structure of water, the molecules would behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it. For many years Paltrow is known for her "scientific" mumbo-jumbo. At least this latest advice by her doesn't have any serious side-effects.

Gwyneth Paltrow: I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed aroun…

Do you know this new collaborative platform?
09/04/2014
We Share Science

Do you know this new collaborative platform?

We Share Science is place to share, search, organize, and discuss today's research.

18/03/2014
Stanford Professor Andrei Linde celebrates physics breakthrough

Expressing emotion is not scientific. Really? This week scientists confirmed a theory of Cosmic Inflation originally published by Stanford Professor Andrei Linde 30 years ago. Linde had no definitive proof for his theory that moments after the big bang the universe expanded so rapidly that it left ripples in the very fabric of space time. In this video you can see Linde's emotion as he learns for the first time that his life’s work is confirmed.

Assistant Professor Chao-Lin Kuo surprises Professor Andrei Linde with evidence that supports cosmic inflation theory. The discovery, made by Kuo and his col...

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