July 8th, 2009
The government website Science, So What? (SSW) has rightly come in for a lot of criticism in recent months – mainly due to the way the venture has gone about conceptualising ‘science’ and ‘public communication’ (and how much SSW is costing). If you’re interested in the backplot to this and some of the problems identified with SSW you can catch up in these two summaries from Holfordwatch:
Science So What? So Everything. Freedom of Information request and blog comment
SSW contacted me and a number of other bloggers this week, asking if we could share their request for a ‘science communicator’ to work with them. It appears as though they’ve paid attention to the criticisms raised against them. We’ve seen a lot of complaints about SSW and while I think they should remain under scruitiny, there may be the opportunity to make some positive changes.
Please feel free to share the following message from SSW. And if you think you’d like to apply for the post of science communicator details are below.
Dear Bloggy People,
Having recognized some of the shortcomings of SSW online to date, and in an attempt to listen to the feedback we’ve received and act appropriately, we’re hoping you might help in publicising the opportunity below.
Time is shorter than we’d like so we’re trying to publicise this in the science blog space in the hope of attracting the right kind of applicants quickly. We’ve taken recommendations from bloggers and other stakeholders and are going to try and whittle down to a shortlist for interview in the next week or so. Whilst we recognise this is not ideal, we’re hoping you’ll understand why .
Any help you might give us in publicising this would be very much appreciated – if you want any more info on the campaign please mail us at the very catchy email@example.com
“Science: So What? is a Department of Business Innovation and Skills campaign to encourage wider public engagement in science at all levels – from casual interest to education and employment opportunities – as well as promoting greater understanding of why science is important to the UK.
As part of refreshing the campaign we are now looking for a science communicator to find, create and edit online content and manage dialogue across the web and social media.
We’re looking for people that have a track record as a science writer, the ability to write for diverse audiences (including young people) and excellent working knowledge of online science content, social media etiquette, and the principles of good science communication.
We imagine this to be a part-time role in the first instance, but we are open-minded as to how the role will develop and would hope that you would want to be a part of that ongoing development.
If you would like more information please contact us with your name and contact details and a brief paragraph describing your experience at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org