By Sunshine Menezes
As someone who works with scientists, journalists, advocates, regulators, and other types of communication practitioners, I see the need for translational scientists who can navigate productive, start-to-finish collaborations between such groups on a daily basis.
This translation involves the use of new, more integrated approaches toward scientific work to confront wicked environmental problems society faces.
In spite of this need, cross-boundary communication poses a major stumbling block for many researchers. Science communication requires engagement with potential beneficiaries, not just a one-way transfer of information.
Effective communication is a key component of translational science, requiring both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
To that end, I offer ten tips for translational scientists seeking more effective communication: