Mission: The mission of BIG is to build an network and facilitate connections within that network in order to provide graduate students with enhanced resources and enable them to share science with others. The term “sharing science” is used by BIG to broadly refer to science communication to any audience using any communication medium, as well as outreach, educational, and citizen-science activities.
How: The network will be built through networking and mixer activities to which guests with diverse backgrounds and expertise will be invited. This network will be maintained through a list-serve, website, facebook page, and twitter account. These outlets will be used to disburse information about opportunities, activities and resources related to sharing science.
BIG will facilitate connections by disbursing information through these conduits and by coordinating activities that bring resources and opportunities directly to students. Examples of these activities include a communication workshop with professional communication consultant, a partnership between doctoral candidates and science writing students at MIT, and involvement with the Cambridge Science Festival. Participation and practice is a major par to the action plan for BIG. Alongside any workshop or “talk” delivered by an expert, we will coordinate opportunities to practice strategies and skills learned from that expert. These practical experiences will maximize the benefits gained from workshops by solidifying lessons learned through application.
And now welcome to our website, where you can help the community of science communicators grow and share within and beyond Woods Hole and Cambridge.