Why WE do this
Science is complex and often hard to explain. Yet, it is critical that scientists tell us about what they do and who they are. Failure to talk to the people who support science through tax dollars or donations is an awful mistake: bad for careers, bad for our universities/companies, and bad for the entire field of science. Failure to explain science in a meaningful way also enables anti-science rhetoric to dominate the conversations.
Recent reports from the National Academy of Science and an NSF-funded conference organized by COMPASS highlight the need to integrate science communication into STEM graduate education programs. (For details, see Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, and GradSciComm.) Advice, guidance and information on how to establish, grow or maintain such programs are often lacking. CTS provides resources to make it easier to make communication training available to scientists at all careers levels.