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Astrobiology Science Communication Guild

Logo by Anthony Chan (NASA Astrobiology)

The NASA Astrobiology Program is proud to hold science communication as one of its core values. We have expressed that value through a variety of creative initiatives over the years such as FameLab USA, and now, the Astrobiology Science Communication Guild. The Guild is an international, community-based network of astrobiologists who engage in science communication with diverse audiences and learners. Guild leadership strives to serve its members by bridging astrobiologists into existing outreach, communication, education, and public engagement opportunities. Much like the artisan guilds of old Europe, Guild members come together to build community and support each other as evolving science communicators, promote a more diverse and inclusive astrobiology community, and to leverage, innovate, and co-create science communication opportunities to serve broad societal needs. Welcome, and please join us!

                               Daniella Scalice, Guild co-founder

Astrobiology SciComm Guild Objectives


The Astrobiology Science Communication (SciComm) Guild is an international, community-based, community-led network of astrobiologists who engage in science communications with diverse audiences and learners. The purpose of the Guild is to help members in their evolution as SciComm practitioners by connecting astrobiology subject matter experts (SMEs) to public engagement opportunities through NASA and external partners, especially NASA’s Science Activation program (SciAct).

· Objective 1: Guild members will contribute astrobiology expertise to NASA and other astrobiology SciComm opportunities, initiatives, programs and projects.

· Objective 2: Guild members’ science communication skills will be enhanced by participation in professional development workshops. Topics of these workshops will be relevant to emerging science communicators, increasing the tools that Guild members will have available in their journey as well-rounded researchers and science communicators.

· Objective 3: Guild members will be participants in the process of community building in astrobiology and may receive support (e.g., resources, collaborators) if they have their own ideas for SciComm initiatives.

Membership


Our members are diverse and span different interests within astrobiology. Our member roster can be found here.

Want to join? Please contact svetlana.shkolyar@nasa.gov. Once you’re a member, join in the conversation in our Slack workspace and meet other members!

Science Communication Guild Meetings


We bring Guild members diverse SciComm opportunities with NASA and external partners regularly at our monthly meetings. Guild members are notified when upcoming meetings are planned by email. Upcoming meetings and other events can also be found here [coming soon!].

Watch recordings of our monthly meetings, where leaders from the science communication world present on opportunities for astrobiologists to participate in public outreach, education, and other events.



Meeting #09, December 8, 2023: Exoplanet Citizen Science with with NASA SciAct Exoplanet Watch team

Meeting #08, October 30, 2023: Sharings from the Guild community of practice on astrobiology SciComm activities and opportunities

Meeting #07, September 18, 2023: Visualize, explore, and analyze the surfaces of other worlds using real data from spacecraft with NASA SciAct Solar System Treks team’s online portals

Meeting #06, July 24, 2023: Connecting Scientists and Engineers to NASA’s Science Activation Effort with the NASA SciAct SCOPE team

Meeting #05, June 27, 2023: Visualizing your stellar, exoplanetary, or planetary data sets interactively with NASA SciAct’s OpenSpace team

Meeting #04, May 2, 2023: Broadening Participation in STEM by Focusing on Identity Development. This was a special meeting externally hosted by NSF’s STEM for All Multiplex, not the Guild.

Meeting #03, April 24, 2023: Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement with NASA SciAct’s Planetary ReaCH (Resources and Content Heroes) team

Meeting #02, March 23, 2023: Digital Learning SciComm opportunities for students, educators, and scientists with NASA SciAct’s Infiniscope team

Meeting #01, Feb. 15, 2023: Do SciComm while doing field work at national parks with NASA SciAct’s Earth to Sky team



Meet the Team