17 science communicators to watch out for in 2019

As you all know by now I am really passionate about science communication, or scicomm. Whether that is sharing my research within my lab group, my university, my research field, with funders and policy makers, with school children or with the public, scicomm comes in an infinite amount of forms and there are so many scientists out there doing an awesome job and standing up for something they are passionate about and believe in.

Whether you like to get your science fix from print, blogs, social media, podcasts, video, events or art to name a few, there will be a science communicator out there for you. I wish I could give everyone the shout out they deserve but I think that list would be never ending. Instead, over the past two years of my scicomm efforts I have followed and been introduced to so many inspirational people and some of which I can see really going somewhere in 2019.

Again, I wish I could share all of them that will be doing big things in 2019 but I have picked 17 – ish! – to share with you today and to get into the festive spirit, give a shout out to the ones that in my opinion you need to be watching out for in 2019!

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Heidi Gardner

Or you may know her as the Chief Maker at Science on a Postcard. Not only is she designing and creating gorgeous pins, stickers, notebooks and more for her business, she is also bringing more and more science to the public by organising Soapbox Science events, Pint of Science and many more in Aberdeen, Scotland. But what I am most excited about is that she is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow. What does that mean? Well, very soon she is off on her travels around the world to explore the ‘process and practice of science blogging’ asking questions like why scientists blog, how they keep them going and what creative approaches can be used to communicate science. I don’t know about you but I am extremely excited to see what she learns and can share with us. So, I highly recommend subscribing to her blog, Instagram and Twitter so you can follow along and learn too.

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Samantha Yammine

Or you may know her as Science Sam. If you don’t know her already, where have you been? This woman is serious goals for me and is so incredible passionate about everything she does. It is so infectious! Sam already does so much advocacy and outreach work – I seriously don’t know how she manages it all – that you might be wondering why I’ve added her to my ‘ones to watch’ list for 2019. Well, as Sam is HUUUUGE inspiration to me, I am really intrigued to see where her career takes her as she finishes up her PhD. I’m fascinated to see what her next steps after her PhD are as I just love her passion for everything she stands for and I can only aspire to be half the woman and scicommer that she is.

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Martijn Peters

Martijn has been a science communication officer at Hasselt University for around a year or so now – sorry I don’t know the exact timings, maybe I should have checked! Anyway, in that time he has set up a science communication platform called InSCIght and I am excited to see how his career in science communication evolves and develops. Besides work, Martijn also does a lot of science communication via Instagram. He recently broke the 10k mark – woo! – and I just love the way he uses quotes, the style of photos and stories to engage everyone. I am hoping to continue learning so much from him in 2019 and you can too.

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Nina Chhita

Otherwise known as Nina Draws Scientists. This lovely lady loves to draw so she has built a whole science communication initiative based on her passions outside of science. She shares her sketches of scientists on Instagram and picks up on awesome points of their personality to showcase in those pictures too. I love that she has built this into different series now. I was lucky enough to be featured in her Top 10 women in science on Instagram earlier in the year and now she is in the process of sharing some trailblazing women in veterinary medicine and I love how she has started to incorporate interviews in her Insta stories as well. I can’t wait to see what new and exciting collaborations she brings in 2019.

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Jess Wade

Jess is a physicist at Imperial College London and has a passion for sharing the stories of women in STEM so they can inspire the future generations. She writes hundreds of Wikipedia pages about female scientists but also ran a campaign to get Angela Saini’s book ‘Inferior’ into all schools across the UK because she tweeted “I don’t want to just tell girls they can do anything. I want them to read it, be empowered, and join our fight for equality”. I’m excited to see what more she can bring in 2019 and who she introduces the world to.

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Alex Dainis

Alex is an edu-tuber who has recently gained her PhD. I love watching Alex’s YouTube channel but her videos have been hosted in the lab or about lab things in general. Now she has left the lab I am excited to see where which direction her content creation and science communication goes.

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Emma Osborne & Oliver Dean

You might now Emma better as Emmanigma and as an award-winning science communicator. But Ollie might not be such an obvious name to you but he is an designer and illustrator that is helping STEM experts to communicate their research. Check out his Instagram here. These two have already collaborated on a few things including some awesome science postcards, but I know that they are working on another collaboration together and I cannot wait to learn more about it and see what they are planning all in the name of science communication. Stay tuned for this one!

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Pint of Science

Okay – so this one isn’t a single science communicator but a huge group of incredible volunteers that put on inspiring outreach events across the UK and around the globe, and I am honoured to be a small part of it again for the third year now. But besides the festival that is held in May every year, I have some insider info of awesome science communication projects they are hopefully launching next year especially after the success of their astronaut events. This I cannot wait for! Plus this is your friendly reminder to get involved in running a Pint of Science event near you or to join the mailing lists so you can get tickets to attend.

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Christine Liu

Better know perhaps as one half of Two Photon. They just seems to keep releasing awesome science pin after science pin that I just need in my life and my bank account isn’t thanking them for it! But with the upcoming release of their computer science activity book and the collaborations they have worked on this year, I just can’t wait to see what else they create and design in 2019.

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Sarah Habibi

I have been watching this lady grow and grow on Instagram and I am really excited about where she is heading. Her Instagram account is called science.bae and if you don’t already you should check it out and give her a follow too. What I absolutely love about her account is that you get a little bit of everything from insights into PhD life, to general science topics, to more advocacy posts. I love the variety and she gets the same engagement on all of them which is something I aspire to achieve, but I also love that her audience is responding to everything she shares. I am sure that she is going to break that 10k mark early next year and am so excited to watch her grow on Instagram and beyond.

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Diana Alsindy

Or you may know her as The Arabian Stargazer on Instagram. I discovered Diana’s account only a few months ago and instantly loved it. She shares her posts in Arabic and also English and Iraqi engineer who aspires to develop the Arab youth prospects in STEM. I admire all the science communicators that share their science in multiple languages – Mafalda of The Lab Notebook and Stina. biologista are other examples who share in Portuguese and German too, plus there are many many more – but I fell in love with Diana’s account because of the passion that exuded, because she prioritised the arabic captions and because she works in aerospace! I can’t wait to see what she achieves next year by filling the gap in communicating science in the Middle East.

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Sophie Prosolek

I met Sophie through Pint of Science and am in awe of her passion for science communication. If she isn’t planning events, she is writing blog posts and articles, or lecturing about communication or advocating for mental health in academia. Once again, Sophie is another PhD student I follow who is wrapping up and is determined to make science communication her career, so I can’t wait to see what she ends up doing and what other outreach projects she launches and get involved with.

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Krishana Sankar

Krish is a science communicator in Toronto, Canada. She has successfully shared the #150mins campaign for the second year in a row to encourage people to do 150 minutes of exercise each week and raise awareness of diabetes. She also is the founder of a thesis writing group called @GradWriteSlack; a super supportive community of graduate students helping each other through writing grants or theses or anything in between. Krish advocates for many things in her science communication efforts and I could go on for ages about them, but she, like Jess, is running a campaign to get a copy of Angela Saini’s Inferior into publicly funded high schools across Canada. So, I cannot wait to see what she brings to the scicomm table in 2019.

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Simon Clark

Simon is another YouTuber I love to follow. He makes videos about his PhD experience, tips and tricks as well as the science behind a whole heap of things. But he has also recently finished his PhD and has turned this into his career. As something I would only ever dream of doing I am excited to follow how this plans out for him.

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Hannah Rudd

Hannah is another science blogger I discovered this year. She is passionate about the marine environment and an advocate for our oceans. Her blog shares stories about the leading women in marine science, eco-friendly living and so much more about our beautiful blue oceans. Make sure you follow her blog or on Twitter in 2019 to learn more about our oceans and what we can do about them.

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Emma Parry

Emma is another inspiring woman that reached out to me earlier in the year and has amazing and exciting ambitions. As an individual who wishes she had studied a STEM degree and pursued a STEM career, she has a passion for learning about all things STEM. So, she set up New Breed and starting hosting a few small events this year where scientists, pilots and engineers spoke about their research topics and careers – and I was honoured to be one of those invited. Not only am I excited to see these events between public and scientists grow, but I can’t wait for her to start implementing her expertise in marketing to achieve her big goal and use New Breed to support scientists who want to communicate their science. Make sure you follow New Breed UK on all social media platforms and if you can get to an event go! I am excited to see this initiative grow in 2019 and I will support it all the way.

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The Sci Community

Okay – another ‘scicommer’ that is more than just a single individual, but if I could mention all the members of this amazing community I would. There are so many science communicators doing incredible things is this community and it is so amazingly supportive and collaborative with scientists across the world working together. I am excited to see this community grow even more in 2019 and see what new features they bring. I am also hoping to work with Daniel K, one of the founders, to build the UK branch in 2019. So, if you’re a science communicator of any kind in the UK – stay tuned! I have some big plans and ideas πŸ™‚

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Seriously, I could go on forever. There are so many individuals and groups out there doing awesome work., so I would love to know your favourites too! Whether it is your favourite blogger, vlogger, podcaster, instagrammer, speaker or whatever, and no matter whether they inspire you or you aspire to follow in their footsteps, spread some festive appreciation and give them a shout out in the comments for the work they do and why you love them!

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Who are you looking forward to following and seeing what they bring in 2019? Perhaps you have some new science communicators and educators to suggest to me!

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2 thoughts on “17 science communicators to watch out for in 2019

    1. Haha list of enemies! Some days I do dislike these guys because theyre being so freakin’ awesome but they are all just massive inspirations. Who is on your list?

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