To understand the different approaches used by organizations and initiatives in science outreach
To build opportunities for organizations and initiatives in science outreach and communication to collaborate and connect
To promote an evidence-based approach for all organizations and initiatives in science outreach and communication
When Ben was finishing up graduate school, he realized that while scientists in his community had much to offer to society, they did not have enough advocates out there who could accurately and effectively share their message. Fast-forward a couple years – after participating in several outreach events in and around Chicago – Ben found himself hosting the @iamscicomm handle on Twitter. There, he realized something really astonishing – there are students, teachers, writers, and researchers all over the world who share a passion for science outreach and have started blogs, podcasts, web comics, conferences, non-profits, and other initiatives to share science with the outside world. It was this community’s passion for science outreach that led Ben to begin collecting a list of science outreach initiatives that others could use to connect with each other and find new outlets to practice their communication skills. Now that it is built into a beautiful website, Ben hopes that the database will be an ongoing resource for aspiring science communicators to find opportunities to grow and indulge in their passion for communicating science to public.