Practice makes perfect, with science communication as with most other things. The more you hone your skills, especially in front of an audience, the more you learn what works and what doesn’t. And this is the best time of year if you are looking for science communication opportunities in Ireland.
Right now all of the following opportunities are open for submissions:
- Bright Club: The one and only research/comedy variety night, get in touch for upcoming dates across Ireland.
- Soapbox Science: Science takes to the streets, highlighting women working in STEM fields. Apply online by 23rd February.
- Pint of Science: Informal science talks in the pub, apply here by 26th February.
- Flame Challenge: Written/video competition, this year to explain climate to an 11 year old. Apply by 2nd March here.
- Famelab: 3 minute talks on any scientific topic, apply to regional heats or online by 4th March.
Some of these events are recurring and some are once a year, and there’s also more competitions like I’m A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here which occurs in the fall. You may feel more drawn to some of these formats than others, but in my view any practice is valuable. The first couple years I started to do scicomm talks in earnest, I did ALL the events listed above. Except since Bright Club didn’t yet exist in Ireland, I had to start it myself.
It turned out pretty well, and I’ve gotten lots more opportunities and even career advancement since. So take a risk, register for one of the events above. Or all of them. You never know.