What does science communication mean to you? Why do you value science communication? How do you see Canadian science communication evolving in the future?
Weâ€™re asking 100 Canadians from the science communication community (scientists, journalists, policy makers, communications specialists, government leaders, artists) to share with us a brief statement of their vision of science communication in Canada. This project is in partnership with Agence Science-Presse, who have already begun work on a parallel effort focusing on French-language communicators (#100LaScience).
Weâ€™re crafting this campaign with easy sharing in mind. Community membersâ€™ statements will include an illustration of the featured individual, along with their quote (~50 words) about science communication. These vignettes will be collated on the Science Borealis website and shared across all of our social media platforms daily, starting inÂ September (50 days).
Weâ€™re also considering two long-form posts to both introduce and summarize the project, and to more thoroughly explore the Canadian science communication landscape – particularly the effect of scicomm on culture and policy and vice versa.
Our hope is to provide a broad view of the Canadian science communication landscape, open a conversation around Canadian science communication, and deepen readersâ€™ appreciation of the importance of delivering accurate and engaging scientific information.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
1. We need a small army of volunteers:
- Volunteers to help us reach out to individuals, get them excited about participating, and collect their statements.
- Artists to volunteer to sketch portraits of eachÂ contributor to accompany theÂ quote. (see above) Note: we’ll be including credits and linkbacks for all illustrations.
- Please get in touch at email@example.com if youâ€™re interested in volunteering. Even if you donâ€™t have time, your friends might – please help spread the word to potential volunteers!
2. We need you to help spread the word once the project gets underway, via the hashtag #SciComm100!
We hope youâ€™ll join us in traversing the Canadian sci-comm landscape, seeking new ideas and fresh voices, and re-imagining the future of Canadian science communication!
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