As science communicators, we all know the value of scientists who possess excellent communication skills. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find that there’s lots of research about the different ways you can get scientists communicating more effectively. In practice too, universities, scientific organisations, and government departments invest significant time and resources into improving the science communication capability of their scientists and researchers.
However, there is limited research about how to measure the effectiveness this science communication training. At Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), we do a lot of science communication training. And we’ve keen to find out if all this training is actually doing what we think it is. Are our scientists’ really becoming better writers? As a result, have developed a mini research project in an attempt to quantify just how good (or not) our training is.
In this presentation, we will take you through the how and why of our research and share what we’ve discovered so far about our science communication training approach.