The science of scicomms on social media

Clever ways to communicate your science, reach a wide audience – and please funders

8583949219_f55657573e_bThere has been a flurry of activity in the past few months as scientists across Europe prepare their submissions for the first calls for research funding under Horizon 2020. This successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) stresses the importance of communication and dissemination in collaborative projects.

But we also know that time is valuable. If you are going to communicate, don’t you want to be absolutely certain that your efforts are worth it?

A cunning plan

Like almost everything else in life, you’ll get the best results when you follow a plan. But you must develop this plan based on evidence, not your personal preferences or a hunch. Continue reading The science of scicomms on social media

Filed under: Communication strategy,dissemination,science writing,Tips | By Deborah on April 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

Writing: more like ruthless re-writing

TheWriting - more like ruthless rewriting Welcome Trust aims to nurture new writers we offer crucial advice 

The Welcome Trust Science Writing Prize is open for entries. Until May 11th it welcomes submissions from scientists, students and amateur writers who can compete to be published in the Guardian or Observer and win £1000 in cash.

The competition aims to motivate and nurture the next generation of writers; previous winners including famous science journalist Ed Yong.

Continue reading Writing: more like ruthless re-writing

Filed under: Communication strategy,science copywriting,science writing | By Deborah on April 25, 2014 at 6:21 am