Science communication (SC) professionals are employed in industry, government, businesses, NGOs, research institutes, media and museums. But it is difficult to compare their jobs because their job titles don’t give a good indication of what they actually do: there are many different job titles for similar positions, and often professionals with the same title fulfill different tasks, whether or not on a different level.

Therefore, in this workshop we will focus on the tasks SC professionals carry out in their professional life. With science communication professionals from all over the world we would like to discuss and determine what kind of tasks they actually perform and at what specific level. In doing this we will make use of the model of SC professional profiles developed at Delft University of Technology. In addition we would also like to ask the SC professionals what kinds of knowledge and what skills they need to properly perform one of the specified tasks. Another interesting question concerns professional development: what kind of options does a SC professional have to grow?

This workshop provides professionals with a tool to position themselves relative to their colleagues and to
reflect on their professional growth. For education developers, the outcomes of the workshop could provide a solid basis for developing refresher courses / post-graduate courses targeted specifically at the needs of the professionals.

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All sorts of job titles, but what do you actually do?
Profiles of science communication professionals

C. Wehrmann   Delft University of Technology

E. P. H. M. Bakker   Utrecht University

Science communication (SC) professionals are employed in industry, government, businesses, NGOs, research institutes, media and museums. But it is difficult to compare their jobs because their job titles don’t give a good indication of what they actually do: there are many different job titles for similar positions, and often professionals with the same title fulfill different tasks, whether or not on a different level.

Therefore, in this workshop we will focus on the tasks SC professionals carry out in their professional life. With science communication professionals from all over the world we would like to discuss and determine what kind of tasks they actually perform and at what specific level. In doing this we will make use of the model of SC professional profiles developed at Delft University of Technology. In addition we would also like to ask the SC professionals what kinds of knowledge and what skills they need to properly perform one of the specified tasks. Another interesting question concerns professional development: what kind of options does a SC professional have to grow?

This workshop provides professionals with a tool to position themselves relative to their colleagues and to
reflect on their professional growth. For education developers, the outcomes of the workshop could provide a solid basis for developing refresher courses / post-graduate courses targeted specifically at the needs of the professionals.

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