There are many great science communicators that are active on Twitter. Their accounts show that it is possible to connect the general public to scientific facts. Their expertise has helped shape my personal science communication philosophy, and they can do the same for you! Here are 8 of the best #scicomm accounts that you should be following on Twitter, and why:
1) Dominique Brossard @brossard
She is a professor in and chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at UW Madison. She shares articles (many wrote or co-wrote) on science communication, particularly on public attitudes to emerging technologies and risk communication.
2) Dietrem A. Scheufele @scheufele
Scheufele is another Life Sciences Communication Professor at UW Madison. Like Brossard, he posts articles about issues in science communication often. He also talks about the political nature of science communication.
3) Quora Science @q_sciencewritin
According to their website, Quora’s mission is to “share and grow the world’s knowledge.” Under their large umbrella of topics, their science writing Twitter page is full of interesting articles related to science writing originally posted to Quora’s website.
4) Tiffany Lohwater @tiffanylohwater
Lohwater is the interim Chief Communications Officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her Twitter page reflects her position. Check out the interesting articles she posts related to science communication.
5) SciComm Hub @SciComm_Hub
This Twitter account is a central location of articles and blog posts related to science communication. It’s also a great resource to check out upcoming science communication conferences.
6) Roy W. Smolens Jr. @RWSmolensJr
Words of communication wisdom, interesting pictures, and interactions with other Tweeters are all on Smolens Jr.’s Twitter page. His background in strategic communications
7) Neil Stenhouse @n_stenhou
Another professor in the department of Life Sciences Communication at UW Madison, Stenhouse specializes in sci comm through energy and climate change politics, with a focus on civic engagement. His Twitter page reflects his professional interests with a host of relevant sci comm articles.
8) Abby Olena @abbyolena
Olena is a developmental biologist and a writer. She is a great example of why it is advantageous to be a good writer as well as a good scientist. She’s a contributor to The Scientist.