International Science Communication

Reflections on 2019 Japan SciCom Forum

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Japan SciCom Forum (JSF) that was held on 16 and 17 of May. For the second consecutive time, JSF was hosted at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo. The two-day event brought together scientists, research administrators, PIOs and science communicators under one roof to talk all things science communication.

As someone early in their science communication career this was a great chance to meet and pick the brains of both junior and more experienced science communicators, and needless to say, I learned a lot during the event.…

Japanese Universities Embrace Science Communication

From the bustling capital of Tokyo to the remote resort island of Okinawa, Japan’s universities are speaking up about their contribution to science, and the world seems to be listening.

EurekAlert!, the AAAS-operated science news service with a global audience that includes some 11,000 science journalists, has seen a dramatic uptick of press material from Japan. Sixty-five news releases from 10 institutions have been featured on its Japanese news portal so far this year, compared to 15 releases from 6 institutions in 2014.…

China’s Scientific Community Works to Improve Science Communications

Lin Zheng, a leading Chinese communications professional, traveled earlier this spring from Beijing to Wuhan, an ancient city with a growing scientific presence, to address a group of media officers eager to improve their science communication skills.

Over the last decade, Lin has coached scientists and engineers from China and other nations about how to most effectively promote scientific discoveries and gain the attention of other scientists, scientific institutions and, most importantly, the public.…