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Science communication for scientists
Experiences from Australia

R. Lamberts   The Australian National University

S. Stocklmayer   The Australian National University

The results of evaluations of “Science communication for scientists” workshops conducted by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) are presented. The workshops have been conducted predominately in Australia and target practising scientists from early career to the most senior researchers.

Their value is considered in an environment in which the need to effectively communicate science with other scientists or non-technical audiences is increasingly important. An outline of the workshops is presented offering a flavour of both workshop content and pedagogical techniques. Evaluations are synthesised and presented alongside anecdotal/informal feedback. The overwhelming majority of participants report an increase in their science communication confidence and skills. It is concluded that such workshops are invaluable to participants, both in providing key science communication skills and raising awareness of their importance.

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