Ever wondered how you can etch your own path to becoming a science communicator? You might find yourself in a fix if you actually want to take up a professional course in SciComm, perhaps volunteer or work with organisations conducting SciComm, or even finding a job that pays for communicating science. You could also be someone who is still starting up or trying to understand the field of communicating science and the nuances of it.
Whatever stage you are at, and whichever course of the direction you want to choose, there are different ways of understanding and practising SciComm. It could be by working with someone, collaborating on projects, or even exploring by yourself. While the first couple of options require you to find an organisation or collaborator and build a network to find your contemporaries, exploring the field yourself can be one of the simplest ways to start off.
But, how do you do that? In this era of the internet, an intuitive answer would be to start your initiative as a blog or social media handle to reach out to people and communicate your science. Even with the latter, it can be backed well with a platform of your own.
Hence, building your own platform is very essential. By collating all your science communication efforts and making your platform a foundation to showcase your interests and expertise in SciComm, you are building Your Own SciComm Space (YOSS!).
You can build your YOSS in multiple ways — have a personal space like a blog where you create and publish your content, develop a portfolio where you list all the SciComm efforts you have undertaken and collaborations made, or have a more open and collaborative website where you can expand your efforts and offerings.
What are you waiting for!? Go ahead, get your YOSS going! Do you need help to build Your Own SciComm Space (YOSS!)? Click here to find out how we can help.
Do you already have one?
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I am the Founder and Managing Editor of SciRio, a digital ecosystem for science communicators who want to communicate science to people who are non-experts in any fields of science. After stints as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Science and Centre for Human Genetics working on Cancer Research and Developmental Biology, I shifted gears to communicating science and become an entrepreneur.
I established SciRio to support science communicators in networking better, finding appropriate training and resources, and ultimately provide unexplored opportunities to science communicators.