When scientists share their rigorous research beyond their niche communities, they help restore the public’s trust in science. Wikipedia reaches people who are looking for reliable information, and Wiki Education is working to make sure academics, researchers, and scientists have the opportunity to reach those readers.
This year, we did this by partnering with the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) as part of its 2020 Election Initiative to give their members—primarily early career scientists—the skills and tools they need to communicate science policy information to a broad audience. One NSPN Wiki Scientist reworked several sections in the water resource policy page, adding crucial information about floods, droughts, and oceans. They expanded the coverage of climate change’s impact on natural disasters and pollution’s devastating impact on the oceans, giving the page more context about why communities need to enhance their water resource policies. Now, their hard work lives on in an accessible space, influencing people as they make behavioral and voting decisions.
At Wiki Education, scientists and scholars are our superstars. We see how much you contribute to our world. Paper by paper. Pipette by pipette. That’s why we’re here to help you boost the impact of your work and knowledge by using the biggest instrument we know – Wikipedia.
By adding to the world of information on Wikipedia, you can share your knowledge with millions of people who are looking for it. You can also join a community of your peers who have found a new way to make their mark and further their field.
Next week is the deadline to sign up for an upcoming January course like our public policy-focused one with NSPN. Over eight weeks, virtual sessions meet once a week for an hour and dive into how to add to the world’s biggest open resource—Wikipedia. Even though Wikipedia is for everyone, the process of creating and adding to pages in the beginning can feel like learning to read and write music. Our expert instructors can show you how to make the most of your time and effort in our virtual and small-group training course specially designed for elevating science to the public.
Enroll with a colleague and get $250 off the $1,000 course price. Financial aid is available for those without access to professional development funds.
Science & Society
An online course for beginners on Wikipedia. Perfect for scientists and researchers looking to amplify and explain scientific findings to the public, especially as they relate to policy and the 2020 Election.
- Register here for: Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific / 4:00 – 5:00pm Eastern January 7, 2020 – February 25, 2020
What better way to kick off the new decade than to drastically expand the reach of your science communication efforts and ensure that the masses can find the most up-to-date scientific information?