Science communicators are intermediaries who support the exchange of scientific knowledge, translate science to a more broadly accessible language and facilitate the societal discussion of new science and technology.
Their added value is that they understand both worlds and know how to communicate effectively in order to increase mutual understanding and find new solutions and ideas.
Science communicators work at places as diverse as universities and other knowledge institutions, the editorial boards of newspapers, magazines and websites, science centers and museums and communication consultancies.
Five possible careers in science communication
1. The science writer works at science institutions, newspapers or magazines. Makes scientific knowledge accessible to a diversity of audiences. Translates scientific work into attractive, lucid and meaningful stories. Aims at increasing the awareness and understanding of science.
2. The content manager works at science museums, science centers or event agencies. Develops exhibitions. Translates scientific content into images, installations and displays. Aims at increasing the awareness and understanding of science.
3. The academic researcher works at science institutions. Studies the communicative aspects of the interaction between science and society. Aims at the development of both knowledge and solutions for society.
4. The change facilitator works at science institutions, government, societal organizations or consultancies. Brings scientific and nonscientific parties together. Helps them to understand, learn and innovate jointly. Aims at science-based social change.
5. The communication consultant works at societal organizations or consultancies. Advises on communication goals, means and strategies. Aims at the improvement of life science-based communication processes.
See also examples of internships for each of these careers.