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Brian Macken

Science Communicator

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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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A specialist teaching role combining science expertise with communication skills, aimed at encouraging students to explore science and scientific principals.


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Brian Macken is working on the Science Bus.  In secondary school he studied Physics, Applied Maths, Business, German, Geography, English, Irish and Maths. He then went on to study Theoretical Physics and Computer Science in NUI Maynooth.  Following that he did a one-year Masters in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Beyond that, all the training for working on the science bus has been on the job training - you learn by doing.

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A Science Communicator works with students and other groups to bring Science, Engineering and Technology to life, and to increase understading of science and the role of scientists. They use a variety of tools such as demonstrations, lectures and workshops.

 


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Enthusiasm for science, and an ability to communicate that passion to a wider audience. Excellent conmmunication skills and writing skills.


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There is no single route to becoming a Science Communicator. A good understanding of science is a must. You do not actually need a science degree, although most people in the occupation have a a science background or a science-related qualification.

For example, Niamh Shaw, freelance Science Communicator and perfomer, did a degree in bioengineering at UCD, and a research masters in engineering, followed by a PhD on edible films – biodegradable packaging, in UCD food science department. She then took a postdoctoral research position in the food science and technology department in UCC, before pursuing training in performance - Career Articles on this page for more.

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