10 science communicators to watch in 2020

Science communication is something that 5 years ago as I started my PhD, I didn’t even know existed. Whereas now, I am working in science communication. It is what I do for my day job and it is one thing I love to do at home with this blog and my social media. But everyday I am inspired by so many other unbelievably talented science communicators who are bringing such high quality and original scicomm to the table, day in day out!

But I am also passionate about education and what these role models are bringing to the table means that there is a science communicator for everyone so we can all continue to learn something new every day.

I wish I could give everyone the shout out they deserve but I think that list would be never ending. I created this list for the first time last year and all the science communicators I mentioned in there are still very much ones to watch in 2020. Check out the list here. But in this post today I want to introduce you to 10 more science communicators that are slaying at their game right now and in my opinion, you need to be watching out for them in 2020!

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Julia Ravey

Otherwise known as Me, My Cells and I, I am in awe of this lovely lady and her talent. Not only is she completing her PhD, but she also runs her own blog and social media channels full of beautiful original illustrations, and she writes for other institutions too such as Kwik Learning. Oh, and she runs an Etsy store too with all her beautiful illustrations too and has designed tshirts for Petite Ecoliere. I love what she has been doing and can’t wait to see where 2020 takes her and her scicomm – which I’m hoping will include a collaboration with yours truly on a project I have discussed before and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe 2020 will be the year.

Follow for: PhD insights, neuroscience & science puns

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Emily Callandrelli

Emily is an American science presenter and TV host amongst many other things. But 2019 say the arrival of Emily’s beautiful baby girl and the transformation of Emily from The Space Gal to The Space Mom. I am excited to follow Emily in 2020 as she starts working again in the whole of scicomm and how she balances everything with her new family addition.

Follow for: a career as a TV host, balancing motherhood, astronomy

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Claudia Antolini

Claudia is someone that I discovered on Twitter and has quickly risen up the ranks of accounts I love to engage with. She has recently moved to a new job working in scicomm, so I am excited to see how that continues and how it compares to my role and responsibilities. But also because she is passionate about astronomy which I always love to learn more about, but also the entertainment from her tweets.

Follow for: astronomy, scicomm career and learning Welsh

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Lauren Hewitt

Lauren is another scientist-artist that I have quickly come to love. Her love for neuroscience is infectious but I particularly love how she has incorporated that with embroidery. You need to check out her Instagram account and also join the queue behind me for her embroidery kits from her Etsy store. I am very excited to see where that venture sends her in 2020 and beyond.

Follow for: neuroscience, embroidery and sciart

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Samantha Ballard

Sam’s is another Instagram account that I absolutely love. Her research is on air-sea physics which, like me, might sound a bit daunting at first. But the way Sam shares it on her account is amazing. Every post and story that she shares I feel I always learn something new. I also love that Sam’s feed is not one that you would stereotypically think a scientist would have – so I love that Sam is challenging those stereotypes too and cannot wait to see her platform grow in 2020.

Follow for: air-sea physics, women in STEM advocacy and meterology

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Brianna Bibel

Brianna is a biochemist with a completely unique Instagram feed that again you will always learn something from. Her unique take on scicomm has allowed her to build a strong following already all whilst studying for her PhD. I am in awe of how she manages to post near enough every day and I am excited to learn more from her next year and beyond.

Follow for: biochemistry, PhD insights and science education

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Ive Velikova

Ive is someone who has appeared on Soph talks science before and this year I have become more and more fascinated by her scicomm journey. She recently started studying for a Masters in Science Communication and I am excited to see snippets of what she learns, especially as Ive and her coursemates are doing some scicomm research which is something I want to pursue more myself. But also excited to she how she applies that to her own scicomm efforts particularly her podcast Science Sucks. Something exciting to look forward to in 2020.

Follow for: science communication, podcasting and EDI in STEM

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Susanna Harris

Susanna is someone I have been following for a few years now. I love her insightful and honest approach to sharing on social media, but also all the advocacy work she does for mental health in grad school and more. Susanna’s posts are some that I always love to stop scrolling and read or stop and listen to her stories and she has and continues to have a real impact and I am sure that will continue in 2020, and I want to encourage you to follow along with her too. You won’t regret it.

Follow for: mental health advocacy, PhD insights and dogs

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Stina Börchers

Stina is another scicommer who I have followed for a little while. She has recently moved to Sweden for her studies but her scicomm game is stronger than ever. She is also planning scicomm events for next year so I am excited to see the success of these plans and how she becomes better and better over the next few years.

Follow for: neuroscience, Masters study and Wisskomm Squad

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Sarah Habibi

Okay – so at the start of this post I said I was sharing 10 more scicommers to watch to build on last year’s list. But if you have read that post then this face might be a little familiar to you. Last year I was really excited to see where Sarah’s 2019 went and it has been even more successful than I could have ever imagined. She has found her niche and every post is pure gold. She has been doing so well this year that 2020 is going to be even bigger for her and I am so so excited to continue following that journey of hers. And I thoroughly recommend that you head over and follow her too. This girl is my science queen of 2019!

Follow for: make up, PhD study and parasitology …and so much more.

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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 2020? Perhaps you have some new science communicators and educators to suggest to me!

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2 thoughts on “10 science communicators to watch in 2020

  1. Wonderful blog post! Thrilled to see so many of my favourite accounts mentioned. Eva from @whatsmybodydoing would be another account to feature for her work in the Sex Ed field!

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    1. Thanks Nina. I’m so glad you think so. And yes, I love Eva’s stuff. There will be another edition this time next year! Think 2020 I need to expand who I follow and learn some more about different fields.

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