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The Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators: A Step-by-Step Approach to Public Outreach / Edition 1

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Overview

This hands-on guide offers practical advice on all aspects of science communication. It features a tightly interwoven fabric of issues: product types, target groups, written communication, visual communication, validation processes, practices of efficient workflow, distribution, promotion, advertising, and much more. Extremely practical, the guide provides the necessary "shortcuts" to produce outreach products of high quality. All concepts are explained with simple terms and illustrative examples while check lists and short "to-the-point" overviews enable rapid progress and quick results. New science communicators as well as seasoned presenters will find this guide both helpful and inspirational.

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"Here is a milestone of its kind that can be recommended to anybody involved, to any degree, in scientific communication, particularly in astronomy. … The guide is completed by a well-furnished glossary, an index, and lists of references and web links. … The book is very well presented, written in a good-humoured style, with an abundance of illustrations and practical details, together with examples from physics and astronomy. … this book will also be useful to the ordinary scientist in their daily professional communications." (A. Heck, The Observatory, Vol. 127 (1199), 2007)

"Lars Lindberg Christensen … has written a tour-de-force of practical information and advice for would-be science communicators. This softcover book offers a spectacular array of charts, tables, checklists, and case examples. … This is a book where you find both philosophical justifications for science communications and the most detailed practical data … . I highly recommend it." (Stephen P. Maran, Spark, Issue 7, January, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387263243
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/18/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Setting the scene.- Science Communication.- The Communication Process.- The Communication Office.- The production.- Overview Of The Production Chain.- Target Groups.- Product Types.- Written Communication.- Press Releases.- Production Of Printed Products.- Visual Communication.- Technical Set-Up.- Distribution.- Evaluation and Archiving.- Selected topics.- Making Websites.- Video Production.- Crisis Communication.- Guidelines for Scientists and Communicators.- How to Host a Press Conference.- Overcoming National Barriers.- Going Commercial.- Credibility in Science Communication.- The Hubble Space Telescope — A Public Outreach Case Study.- Community Initiatives.- Finishing off.- Summary.

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