Policy Information and Resources

All AGU Science Policy information

Resources for setting up and preparing for meetings with legislators

Get involved in U.S. elections: AGU has provided this website as a tool to help Earth and space scientists navigate the 2012 elections, ask the right questions, and become involved.

Communicating With the Media Information and Resources

Press Conference Speaker Guide for Scientists (PDF)

You and the Media phone card: (PDF) Print out this AGU guide and keep it by your phone in case a reporter calls.

Message Worksheet: (PDF) This AGU worksheet helps you define and condense your message.

Directory of Science Communication Courses and Programs: Browse a comprehensive list of science communication programs in the United States provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tips for scientists contributing to press releases from COMPASSblogs: This blog entry for public information officers and scientists preparing a press release reminds you to keep the details at the top, provide original photos, and explain the science in simple terms.

Education Information and Resources

A First Step Toward AGU’s New Two-Year College Initiative: (PDF) Eos article from 14 August, 2012, about URECAS, AGU’s two-year college initiative.

AGU’s Information for professionals: Information on ways AGU members can be involved in education and links to other resources.

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT): This organization works to improve all levels of geoscience education and provides opportunities for scientists to be involved in their work.

NASA Education: Includes education and outreach-related examples, information, and contacts from NASA.

Online guides for scientists interested in education and public outreach: (PDF) A collection of annotated links from AGU members working at NASA.

Scientist Roles in EPO guide: (PDF) A brochure detailing the different ways in which scientists can become involved in education and public outreach activities from AGU members working at NASA.

32 Ideas to Enhance Diversity: (PDF) Suggestions for and examples of retaining and recruiting students and scientists who are women or members of underrepresented groups, from the Association of American Geographers.

Sharing Science With Other Scientists Information and Resources

Writing for Eos: Tips on Eos style guidelines.

How to submit to Eos: A guide to the Eos manuscript submission process.

Talk to the Public Information and Resources

Writing Letters to the Editor and Op-eds

Submissions: The Communications Consortium Media Page: Newspapers will typically give guidelines in their opinion pages for how and where to submit letters to the editor and op-eds. For reference, however, this page from the Communications Consortium Media lists guidelines for many major U.S. papers.

The Op-Ed Project: This site gives guidelines, examples, advice, and submissions information for writing and submitting op-eds. (See their list of “Resources”—including writing approaches and “How to Pitch”—in the lower left portion of the page.)

The Magic Word (Inside Higher Education): Why it’s important to keep a light and personal tone in your op-ed.

Using Social Media

The Plainspoken Scientist: AGU’s blog on communicating science.

Science of Blogging: A blog devoted to providing helpful information on how (and why) to approach social media.

Tutorials on social media: Guidance on how organizations can use a variety of social media from Socialbrite.

30 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Business: Although these tips from Inc. Magazine are slanted toward a marketing perspective, they can still provide insight and some useful suggestions for anyone wanting to make the most of social media.

Social Media Tips and Tricks #1 (Bug Girl’s Blog): While addressed to entomologist bloggers, the tips on Bug Girl’s Blog are applicable to any science-related blog.

Shooting Videos

20 Tips for Shooting Great Video: For tips on making a good video, check out this piece from Adobe Press.

DSLR HD Video Tips: Shooting Basics: National Geographic offers tips on shooting video with a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera.

Giving Public Talks

FameLab: A competition for talking about science to the broader audience. The website also provides some tips and information on being involved in competitions in your area.

Center for Communicating Science: The Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University offers science communication workshops.

MIT’s SPEAKING UP© Seminar Tips: Public speaking tips from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) freshman advising seminar.