A resource for science communicators during COVID-19.
We’re collecting and sharing resources for science communicators that will hopefully assist during this challenging time. Please get in touch and let us know if you’ve found something we should add.
General tips and tricks
- Inspiring Australia has a large range of resources, some of which have been adjusted for the current situation.
- Inspiring Australia (NSW) has some incredible examples of what can be done online.
- Inspiring Australia developed a short series of sci-comm training courses
- Tasmanian Government Business Toolkit including social media tips and tricks
- General tips from Eventbrite
- How to run an event online – Eventbrite guide
- How to improve virtual catch-ups – directed at social activities but contains useful general tips
Technology and how to
This guide from Eddie Woo is directed at teachers, but it covers everything you need to record your own presentations online.
Teaching with YouTube 01: Equipment
Teaching with YouTube 02: Shooting + Editing
Teaching With YouTube 03: Uploading
Courses and training
- Podcasts: Edge Radio 99.3FM, the independent youth station based at the University of Tasmania in Sandy Bay, is offering low cost podcast training which will help you develop your content in the form of an audio based program. Express your interest for the next intake.
Mindfulness, wellbeing, and self-care
With all that’s going on, it is important to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
- The Mental Health council of Tasmania has provided some useful tips.
- Home2Work is providing free resources on their Facebook page including deep breathing and stretching.
- Free workouts are being posted from UniGym via the University of Tasmania, also on Facebook.
- Wellbeing Toolkit: The University of Tasmania is offering short courses to assist during the pandemic.
- If you need mental health support, call the Department of Health and Human Services on 1800 332 388 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348. Please call 000 if your life is at immediate risk.
- Check to see if your workplace has a free mental health support program or a guide to handling your health during the pandemic.
Support through peer groups
- The Tasmanian Science Communicators Facebook group – if you work in science communications, this can be a wonderful platform to share ideas, resources, and to ask questions or simply promote something you’re doing.
- If you’re a teacher, the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania is a useful portal. They are also active on Facebook.
- The Launceston STEMinists are a supportive group of STEM professionals and enthusiasts in the northern part of Tasmania.