We need scientists now, more than ever, to make connections
in their communities.

Why? According to a recent Research!America survey, 70% of US residents cannot name a living scientist.

Familiarity breeds acceptance and trust.  And science needs public support.

There are many ways you can get involved and be a science advocate in the community.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend a school board meeting and ask about the science curriculum.
  • Volunteer to be a participant in a career day at your local school.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom; conduct a simple science experiment with the class.
  • Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. 
  • Reach out to the science department at your local community college and offer to give a talk.
  • Organize a science café event, where you, or someone you recruit, gives a talk at a local bar or coffee shop.
  • Judge at a school science fair
  • Plan an affiliate event for Biophysics Week.

Ready to take it to the next level?

  • Set up a science policy club at your university. 
  • Run for the local school board.
  • Get involved with a local science communication group, like the Euroscience Open Forum and the Bay Area Science Communication Meetup Group.  Check for a group near you.
  • Plan a community event for your university, where you can demonstrate what you are doing in the lab.  (Check out the activities the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology have done at science festivals in the UK as well as the science departments at the University of Maryland to see what they do on Maryland Day.)