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This resource is a workshop with information and practical exercises that will give you knowledge of the science of climate change communication, and the confidence to apply this knowledge in practice with non-academic audiences. It is designed for all researchers across the physical, natural and social sciences.


About the science of climate science communication

Knowing your audience

Building rapport and trust with your audience

Understanding how you are heard and finding your authentic voice

Treading the line between communication and advocacy

Communicating uncertainty

Ensuring scientific uncertainty is not misinterpreted as ignorance

Bringing climate change into the here and now

Why psychological distancing is a problem, and what to do about it

What’s really driving public beliefs about climate change?

The role of values and worldviews in shaping responses to climate science

Science and stories

How the ‘narrative’ structure helps people engage with scientific findings

Do’s and don’ts of effective science communication

Things to do and say to improve the effectiveness of your communication and things to avoid doing and saying

Additional reading and references

A list of the research which forms the basis of the guidance offered here and additional resources and websites

The content of these webpages draws on a series of workshops held with early career researchers in Europe between 2014-2017. The workshops were created and developed by Climate Outreach and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, as part of the Helix project.

Please send any feedback or thoughts to Asher Minns, Executive Director, Tyndall Centre a.minns@uea.ac.uk  and Dr Chris Shaw, Senior Researcher, Climate Outreach chris.shaw@climateoutreach.org

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