I’m a Science Communicator which means that the most common question I get asked is, “What does a science communicator do?” followed closely by “are you a teacher?”.
Science Communication is a field of work which covers quite an array of disciplines. Science Communication is carried out by teachers as part of their work but it would be something of a tragedy if science was only communicated by teachers and only to children. In fact, science is part of our lives from the moment we wake up until…well, even when we’re asleep.
If you turn on your television and Sir David Attenborough or Professor Alice Roberts are on, you’re watching to a science communicator. If you turn on the radio and Professor Monica Grady is discussing space exploration or Adam Rutherford is talking about cell division, you’re listening to a science communicator. If you read an article about science in a newspaper or online, the chances are that it was written by a science communicator.
It’s not just in the traditional media that we science communicators can be found though. We’ll find any way we can of helping scientists communicate the fascinating work they do and helping the rest of us understand it.
There are usually between 3 and 6 science communicators on board the International Space Station at any one time. See this widget for the next time you can watch them sail over our heads, up there in space. Obviously, this one is set for Bristol. Click it to find out when you can see if from where you are.