You can be a strong voice for science and build dialogue with your neighbors, community members, legislators, and others about science and its value. Here are some ways to engage:
SHARE YOUR SCIENCE ONLINE:
- Tweet @theAGU or tweet why science matters using #ScienceIsEssential.
- Communicate about your fieldwork by sending us a Postcard from the Field on AGU’s Tumblr or by taking over our Instagram account (email email@example.com for details).
- Write a guest post about science and policy for The Bridge, or science communication for The Plainspoken Scientist.
- Use your own social media to talk about science and its value (for great tips, check out our webinar on Science and Social Media).
ENGAGE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY:
- Tell AGU your story of science and its impact on society, so we can share it even more broadly.
- Talk with your community about science and its impact on your region. You can give a talk, invite a community group on a lab tour or field trip, or engage in many other ways. Want some guidelines?
- Check out AGU’s webinar on “What’s your science message?” for ideas and strategies for talking about your science in a clear and compelling way.
- Print a copy of our communication tips and tools and our crafting your message
- Look into potential audiencesand how to contact them.
- Learn more about how to spot and avoid scientific jargon.
CONTACT YOUR POLICY MAKERS:
- Meet with your legislator in your district or in Washington, D.C
- Get engaged through AGU: we can help you find opportunities to share your message and speak out.
- Attend a townhall with your member of Congress in your district.
- Call your legislator to discuss the value of science for your community and ask about their science priorities.
- Send a Science Is Essential postcard to your legislators, or host a postcard-writing party to encourage colleagues and friends to write and send them too. You can also request a printed Science is Essential postcard (bulk requests accepted, while supplies last).
COMMUNICATE YOUR SCIENCE TO WIDER AUDIENCES:
- To reach the widest possible audience to share the importance of your research, reach out to the news media:
- Not sure how to begin? Listen to our webinar on Sharing Your Science with the Media.
- Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed.
- If you have submitted newsworthy research to a journal or other publication, contact your public-information office about writing a press release on the subject, and prepare for interviews.
- If you’re already experienced with giving interviews, contact us about being an on-call expert for reporters to give background on newsworthy events in your field (e.g. natural hazards, extreme-weather events).
JOIN THE COMMUNITY:
- Join’s AGU’s Sharing Science Network for more science-communication opportunities and to speak with other scientists passionate about raising their voices for science.
LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT OTHERS:
- Request a science-communication workshop for your institution. AGU Sharing Science staff travel around the U.S. to help scientists hone their skills and practice developing and delivering their messages.