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There are many ways to connect with others and convey the importance of your research and the role Earth and space science plays in developing solutions to critical issues facing society. AGU can help you increase awareness of that role, share the value of science, and reach different audiences...
Science can have a profound impact on the global challenges facing society. AGU, can help you communicate how science improves the lives of people, the well-being of our communities, and the health of our planet. AGU can support you whether you want to engage in science policy, share your knowledge with diverse audiences, conduct community outreach, or stay informed on the latest in science communications.
We help policy advocates, science communicators, and scientists to raise awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Earth and space science.
Sharing Science is an AGU science communication and outreach program that offers resources, workshops, hands-on support and opportunities to help scientists communicate more effectively with diverse audiences about Earth and space science and its importance and impact on society.
Science communication and outreach allows you to increase your research profile, become a scientific resource in your community, break down barriers to scientific literacy and build an ongoing dialogue with people you interact with daily.
We want to give you the tools you need to effectively convey the value of your work. There are many paths to engage with different audiences about science and its value. We can help you improve your science communication skills with the media, policymakers, and community groups, and teach you how to use social media and multimedia. Our Sharing Science program offers full-day, interactive workshops that help scientists communicate in a way that will resonate for many different audiences, as well as a webinars and other resources.
Manager, Sharing Science
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Sharing Science Program Manager
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Public Affairs Analyst
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Director, Public Affairs
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Public Affairs Program Manager
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By speaking out on policy issues, you can help reinforce the value of Earth and space science and its impact on society. When lawmakers, regulators and policy influencers understand the value of your science, support for more robust science and increased funding of science grows.
AGU can help empower you to engage in science policy by giving you the tools you need to effectively advocate on issues that matter to the scientific community.
AGU offers resources on issues related to Earth and space science. Our science impacts areas from agriculture to energy and we hope to enable our scientists and policymakers to develop solutions to these issues.
Our position statements provide scientific expertise on significant policy issues related to our science. They are developed by a task force of experts, submitted for a member review period, and approved by AGU’s Board and Council. Members can propose new position statements via this form.
Explore by topic area.
Fact Sheet: Climate change
Fact Sheet: Economic value
Earth and space sciences should be taught in K-12 education
The scientific theories of biological evolution and history of the Earth should be central elements of science education
Fact Sheet: Geohealth
Fact Sheet: Hydraulic fracturing
The capability to monitor the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) should be expanded, completed, and maintained
Fact sheet: National security
Resilience to natural hazards requires a partnership between scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders
Fact sheet: Natural hazards
Ocean research and education are foundations for economic growth
Fact sheet: Natural resources
As a scientific society, AGU is often called upon to explain the importance of Earth and space science and its impact on society, as a way to inform decisions that shape policy across the country. This often means we write, or co-sign, letters to lawmakers and regulators that explain our position on certain topics and provide information or highlight issues affecting the science community. Visit our letters page to read recent letters by date, the receiving agency or office, and scientific topic.
You can also read our various position statements on issues important to Earth and space science. (Position statements and fact sheets are near the bottom of the Science Policy tab)
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President's FY2020 Budget Request
Percent Change FY2020 PBR v. FY2019
Percent Change FY20 Final v. FY19
Department of Energy (DOE)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Sharing your science with traditional or online media outlets can get your work in front of a broader audience and promote the value of scientific research. But it helps to have tips for working with reporters, journalists, public information or communications officers.
Whether you’re writing an op-ed or letter to the editor, participating in a phone interview, appearing on a radio or news broadcast, or looking to connect with a journalist, AGU can help support your science communication efforts. Check out our resources and toolkits, including in-depth guidance and downloadable tip sheets to help you get started.
When you share your research in your community, you can help broaden people’s understanding of the important role Earth and space science plays in society. Whether you’re doing participating in a science event at a nearby elementary school, giving a lecture on the Paris Climate Accord for a regional community group, or hosting Nerd Nite at your local coffee house, AGU and its Sharing Science program can help you develop your outreach skills and communicate science in the most effective way to individuals in your community.
Our resources offer in-depth information on science communication skills and downloadable tip sheets to help you get started. For a more personalized experience, you can request a Sharing Science workshop for your institution.
Social media and forms of multimedia (videos, slideshows, podcasts) can be effective tools for communicating your science with diverse audiences, and in some cases can allow you to engage with and reach people whom you might not otherwise encounter.
Sharing science network can help you develop or deepen your science communication skills using different social media and multimedia platforms.
Before you sign up for a social media account or invest in multimedia efforts to share your science, make sure you know what you want to say to your chosen audience and what you want them to get out of it. Keep it simple, interesting, and relevant. Your content should reflect your intended audience’s interests and behaviors.
As the world of digital communications continues to rapidly evolve, the distinctions between various social media networks and communications platforms can be confusing even to digital natives. Below we offer some resources to help you use the more popular networks and platforms. What’s important to remember is that, to communicate effectively, it’s critical to go where your audience is.
To get started, the best approach is to become familiar with one medium before deciding to expand your efforts to other platforms. Keep in mind that social media by definition requires socializing, so don’t be afraid to get out there and engage frequently, make connections, and network!
Start a blog – Blogs make it relatively easy to get your message out to a diverse audience, while also giving readers an easy way to comment, share your content with their own networks and find other things you’ve written.
Share on Facebook – Facebook is a good way to share new information from other websites or blogs and interact with other people or groups who are involved in similar research or communications activities.
Post to Instagram – This photo- and video-based social platform that has become increasingly popular with scientists and organizations as a way to showcase beautiful and striking images of their science.
Feed your Tumblr– Tumblr is a hybrid medium: It combines images or videos with related text, which makes it a powerful medium for showing and explaining science to followers, as well as sharing other users’ work.
Tweet it out– Short, messages can be a simple way to share science with a broad audience. It’s is also popular with science journalists and policymakers. Like other platforms, Twitter has its own set of rules for getting follows, likes and retweets.
Make a science video – Clear, visually interesting videos are a great way to share your science with new audiences, and they can be further amplified using social media.
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