Share and advocate for Earth and space science

Share and advocate for Earth and space science

There are many ways to connect with others and convey the importance of your research and the role Earth and space science plays in developing solutions to critical issues facing society. AGU can help you increase awareness of that role, share the value of science, and reach different audiences.

Share and advocate for science

Science can have a profound impact on the global challenges facing society. AGU, can help you communicate how science improves the lives of people, the well-being of our communities, and the health of our planet. AGU can support you whether you want to engage in science policy, share your knowledge with diverse audiences, conduct community outreach, or stay informed on the latest in science communications.

We help policy advocates, science communicators, and scientists to raise awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Earth and space science.

Sharing Science

Sharing Science is an AGU science communication and outreach program that offers resources, workshops, hands-on support and opportunities to help scientists communicate more effectively with diverse audiences about Earth and space science and its importance and impact on society.

Sharing Science

Learn how to share your science

Science communication and outreach allows you to increase your research profile, become a scientific resource in your community, break down barriers to scientific literacy and build an ongoing dialogue with people you interact with daily.

We want to give you the tools you need to effectively convey the value of your work. There are many paths to engage with different audiences about science and its value. We can help you improve your science communication skills with the media, policymakers, and community groups, and teach you how to use social media and multimedia. Our Sharing Science program offers full-day, interactive workshops that help scientists communicate in a way that will resonate for many different audiences, as well as a webinars and other resources.

Learn how to share science

Join our network

Join our effort to increase public understanding of Earth and space science. We regularly send information about science communication and outreach opportunities and resources to network members.
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Voices for Science

In 2018, AGU launched its Voices for Science program to train scientists in two communications tracks: science policy and media/community outreach. Learn more about the program and apply to access our trainings and become a Voices for Science advocate.

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Follow AGU’s science communication and policy efforts

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Letters to policymakers

As a scientific society, AGU is often called upon to explain the importance of Earth and space science and its impact on society, as a way to inform decisions that shape policy across the country. This often means we write, or co-sign, letters to lawmakers and regulators that explain our position on certain topics and provide information or highlight issues affecting the science community. Visit our archive to read letters from prior years by date, the receiving agency or office, and scientific topic.

You can also read our various position statements on issues important to Earth and space science.

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Give Earth and space science a voice: Contact your policymakers

It has never been more important for you to engage in sharing the value of science. You can make a difference.
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Current federal funding landscape (updated 17 January 2019)

Agency
President's FY 19 budget request/FY 18 levels Last major House action Last major Senate action Learn more
 DOE $30.53 / $34.52 Passed by full House Passed by full Senate Signed into law by the President on 21 September 2018.
 EPA $6.19 / $8.06 Passed by full House Passed by full Senate Senate hopes to increase spending to $7.62 billion. 
 NASA $19.89 / $20.74 Full committee approved Full committee approved  Operating under a CR at FY 18 funding levels.
 NOAA $4.56 / $5.83 Full committee approved Full committee approved  
 NSF $7.47 / $7.77 Full committee approved Full committee approved  Operating under a CR at FY 18 funding levels.
 USGS $0.86 / $1.15 Passed by full House Passed by full Senate  

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Stay informed about U.S. science funding and legislation

During the U.S. federal budget process, AGU provides updates about the current funding landscape, including the state of appropriations and the implications of the federal budget on Earth and space science.

Connect with policymakers

By speaking out on policy issues, you can help reinforce the value of Earth and space science and its impact on society. When lawmakers, regulators and policy influencers understand the value of your science, support for more robust science and increased funding of science grows.

AGU can help empower you to engage in science policy by giving you the tools you need to effectively advocate on issues that matter to the scientific community.

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Science policy opportunities

AGU offers many ways to help you become a better advocate for science policy. We provide scientists at all levels, including students, with opportunities to get involved.

Opportunities

Meet with your lawmakers

Whether you want to connect with your legislator at home or on Capitol Hill, we can help you prepare for and schedule a successful meeting.
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Track science issues

Staying updated on science policy news helps ensure your engagement with legislators is timely. Learn how to best follow science policy issues.
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Contact your
elected officials

Get resources to write an impactful letter or have an effective call with your legislator’s office.

Position statements & resources

AGU offers resources on issues related to Earth and space science. Our science impacts areas from agriculture to energy and we hope to enable our scientists and policymakers to develop solutions to these issues.

Our position statements provide scientific expertise on significant policy issues related to our science. They are developed by a task force of experts, submitted for a member review period, and approved by AGU’s Board and Council. Statements provide scientific expertise on significant policy issues related to our science. They are developed by a task force of experts, submitted for a member review period, and approved by AGU’s Board and Council. Members can propose new position statements via this form

Explore by topic area.

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Write your policymakers!

It has never been more important to share the value of science by engaging with those who make the laws and regulations affecting science funding and policy. Your voice can make a difference!
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Share your science in the news

Sharing your science with traditional or online media outlets can get your work in front of a broader audience and promote the value of scientific research. But it helps to have tips for working with reporters, journalists, public information or communications officers.

Whether you’re writing an op-ed or letter to the editor, participating in a phone interview, appearing on a radio or news broadcast, or looking to connect with a journalist, AGU can help support your science communication efforts. Check out our resources and toolkits, including in-depth guidance and downloadable tip sheets to help you get started.

Sharing science in the news

Resources and opportunities

News Media
Tips for interviews

Tips for
interviews

Download these quick tips to make your next media interview  a success.
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Message
worksheet

Having a clear message ready for your interview is essential. This PDF sheet will help you distill that message.
Paths to engagement

Newsworthy
science

Not all science is newsworthy. Here's a PDF to help you determine whether your research will appeal to the scribes.
Working with the media

Webinar:
Working with
the media

Watch our webinar about working with the media, including how to prepare for interviews, what to do when a reporter calls, and how to establish successful long-term relationships with journalists.
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Paths to
engagement

You want to talk to non-scientists about what you do. But where do you start? Here are some examples of opportunities you may want to pursue.

Request a workshop

AGU offers interactive science communication workshops around the country. Our full- or half-day workshops provide scientists with skills and best practices in science communication and outreach, and can be scheduled specifically for your institution, or in partnership with a regional group.
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Sharing science in your community 

When you share your research in your community, you can help broaden people’s understanding of the important role Earth and space science plays in society. Whether you’re doing participating in a science event at a nearby elementary school, giving a lecture on the Paris Climate Accord for a regional community group, or hosting Nerd Nite at your local coffee house, AGU and its Sharing Science program can help you develop your outreach skills and communicate science in the most effective way to individuals in your community.

Our resources offer in-depth information on science communication skills and downloadable tip sheets to help you get started. For a more personalized experience, you can request a Sharing Science workshop for your institution.

Resources for outreach in your community

Resources for outreach in your community
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Quick
scicomm tools

A quick guide of best practices and tips for communicating your science in any setting.

Watch your
words

Our guide to choosing the best words to communicate your science message effectively.

Message
worksheet

Having a clear message ready before speaking to any community group is essential. Download this PDF worksheet to help you distill that message.
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Engage in
community
science

AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange connects communities with scientists to address unique local challenges related to climate change, natural hazards or natural resources. Use your skills and get involved.
Engage in community science

Paths to
engagement

You want to talk with non-scientists about what you do. But where do you start? Here are some examples of opportunities you may want to pursue.

Request a workshop

We offer interactive science communication workshops around the country. Our customizable workshops provide scientists with skills and best practices in communicating with community groups and other diverse audiences.
Book now

Using social media or multimedia to share your science

Social media and forms of multimedia (videos, slideshows, podcasts) can be effective tools for communicating your science with diverse audiences, and in some cases can allow you to engage with and reach people whom you might not otherwise encounter.

Sharing science network can help you develop or deepen your science communication skills using different social media and multimedia platforms.

Before you sign up for a social media account or invest in multimedia efforts to share your science, make sure you know what you want to say to your chosen audience and what you want them to get out of it. Keep it simple, interesting, and relevant. Your content should reflect your intended audience’s interests and behaviors.

Social media and multimedia

Boost your digital savvy

As the world of digital communications continues to rapidly evolve, the distinctions between various social media networks and communications platforms can be confusing even to digital natives. Below we offer some resources to help you use the more popular networks and platforms. What’s important to remember is that, to communicate effectively, it’s critical to go where your audience is.

To get started, the best approach is to become familiar with one medium before deciding to expand your efforts to other platforms. Keep in mind that social media by definition requires socializing, so don’t be afraid to get out there and engage frequently, make connections, and network!

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How to get started using social or multimedia

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Infographics

Infographics

Download and share our Science is Essential infographics that show the value science brings to our everyday lives.
Paths to engagement

#SciComm via
social media

Select the best social media channel to share your science.
Using social media

Webinar on
social media

Watch a Sharing Science webinar on how to effectively use social media.
Social media

Paths to
engagement

Do you want to talk with non-scientists about your scientific research? Here are some examples of opportunities that you may want to pursue.

Request a workshop

We offer interactive science communication workshops around the country. Our full- or half-day workshops provide scientists with skills and best practices in communicating with community groups and other diverse audiences.
book now