The Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute is working to help our researchers communicate their science effectively to a wide audience. We have launched several initiatives to promote good science communication.

Why Good Science Communication is Crucial

Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, Director of the Mass General Research Institute, encourages researchers to take an active role in explaining their science to the general public.

For the past two years during the annual HUBweek Festival, we have hosted an Art of Talking Science Competition, where researchers from Mass General and other local science institutions have the opportunity to give a four minute presentation on their science and get feedback from a panel of judges.

In November of 2017, we invited the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to Mass General for "How to Explain Science and Influence People" an interactive event that focused on helping researchers craft short, clear statements about what they do and why it matters.

We have also hosted two science communication events as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival, and we continue the conversation on our blog with tips and helpful links for great science communication.

Our Eight Great Tips for Communicating Science

1. Keep it simple—focus on a few key points and stick to them
2. Start with a bang—open with an interesting story to grab the audience's attention
3. Use plain language—avoid scientific jargon whenever possible
4. Set the stage—what is the problem you are trying to solve, and how are you trying to solve it?
5. Explain the process—how is your approach unique?
6. Plot your course—where are you in the process? Where did you start? Where do you hope to arrive?
7. Save time for questions
8. Smile, make eye contact, speak up and have fun!

Communicating Science Links and Resources

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