Science outreach and communication

The ASBMB organizes science communication and outreach activities and develops tools, resources and opportunities for members to improve their science communication and public engagement skills. These efforts are spearheaded by the Science Outreach and Communication Committee.

The Art of Science Communication

An online, interactive course that provides fundamental training in science communication.

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Science outreach and communication news
What does a scientist look like?

After the program, more students drew pictures of scientists as themselves or people of color, demonstrating that they are internalizing an identity of becoming a scientist.

7 tips for preparing for alternative science careers

One of the most popular talks at the ASBMB annual meeting last month was by careers columnist Martina G. Efeyini. Here are some takeaways. (You can also watch it on demand.)

Unraveling the mind’s eye — science through a novel lens

By exploring the intersection of art, vision loss and science, Erica Tandori creates multisensory displays to articulate the findings of biological research.

A molecular biologist by day and a science artist by night

Beata Mierzwa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego. She is also an artist with a growing science art brand.

Become the protein

Biochemists and biophysicists represented the proteins they study through movement in this year’s "Dance your Ph.D." competition.

How to get involved in science outreach

Our academic careers columnist writes about how students, postdocs and professors can get involved in the essential work of outreach while keeping their day jobs.

Virtual events and workshops

Virtual event

Shaping the Narrative: Effective science communication in the COVID-19 era

A panel discussion about how scientists can use their credibility and critical thinking to cut through the noise and guide the national COVID-19 dialogue.


Science in a Flash: How to give a successful flash talk

If you had just one figure, three minutes and a microphone to describe your research — could you do it?

Science outreach

ASBMB science outreach experts discussed how the current virtual environment has motivated a transformative approach to doing science outreach.

Get involved in science outreach

Student Chapter Outreach Grant

Up to $500 in support of outreach activities in a chapter's local community.

Activity manuals and guides for K-12 outreach

How-to guides, activities and manuals created for scientists seeking successful hands-on science experiments for K–12 outreach and education.

Outreach resources

List of organizations that provide guidance and offer funding for conducting science outreach.

How-to guides for effective science communication


Science in a Flash: How to give a successful flash talk

If you had just one figure, three minutes and a microphone to describe your research — could you do it?

How to write a press release

A press release should be clear, concise, engaging and accessible to nonexpert readers.

How to start a science cafe

Science cafes aim to provide members of the public the opportunity to interact with scientists in a casual, nonprofessional setting.

Share your science outreach initiative!

As a member, let us help you promote your outreach efforts and initiatives. Are you doing science outreach in your community? Are you running your own science café or creating a program that you know will make an impact and want to share it? We want to know about it!

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