The links below provide a host of useful information and resources for getting involved in public engagement and science communication activities.
Practical guides and background information
- BIG STEM Communicators Network – A skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
- British Science Association – The UK organisation that provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, discuss and challenge the sciences and their implications.
- National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement – They aim to help universities and their researchers engage with the public. Their website contains lots of useful information, toolkits and guides.
- Research Councils UK – Information on their public engagement strategy.
- Sharing Expertise – Toolkit from the Science Museum on how to run events.
- YouTube Course on Science Communication - a series of 10 free videos, written & presented by BBC Science Presenter & YouTuber Greg Foot, that take you through how to talk with the public about anything from the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. It's got a focus on helping practising scientists communicate their work with non-experts, but will also be useful to anyone interested in talking about science with the public.
How to find out what’s going on
- BIG chat – Discussion list for the BIG STEM Communicators Network.
- PSCI-COM – A free science communication email discussion list.
- National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Ambassador scheme supports researchers to develop their public engagement skills.
- British Science Association Media Fellowships allow practising researchers to spend time working in a national media outlet.
- Many funding bodies now run their own in house public engagement training schemes for researchers they fund. These include the Royal Society and the BBSRC.
- Royal Society Pairing Scheme pairs a practising researcher with a Parliamentarian or Civil Servant to get an insight into how Government operates.
- Become a STEM Ambassador with STEM Learning. They provide training and volunteering opportunities to encourage young people to enjoy science.
- Voice of Young Science Standing Up for Science media workshops to encourage early-career researchers to contribute to public debates about science.
Opportunities to get involved
- I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! – A free online X Factor-style competition where school students get to meet and interact with scientists.
- Science Showoff– an open mic night for anyone interested in science.
- Volunteer at a museum. Options include opportunities at the Science Museum, National History Museum, At-Bristol, Glasgow Science Centre.
- Volunteer at a science festival. There are lots of annual science festivals who are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help them run events. These include Brighton Science Festival, British Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival and Manchester Science Festival.