Science Communication Tools
Overview of Science Communication Tools by Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland (September 30, 2009). The Integration and Application Network (IAN) produces a variety of communication products including newsletters, posters, books, reports, brochures, and conceptual diagrams. These products synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques. This webinar will give an overview of the scientific communication products that IAN produces with a focus on conceptual diagrams and conceptual diagramming tools. Conceptual diagrams or “thought drawings” depict essential attributes of the system and can evolve to capture increased understanding of the system. They can help clarify thinking and avoid ambiguity, provide a communication interface that combines current scientific understanding with community priorities and environmental values, and identify gaps and priorities. IAN provides a variety of resources, examples, tools and tutorials available along with a symbol library of over 1500 custom symbols to help you produce your own conceptual diagrams. Learn more at http://ian.umces.edu/.