What if you could broadcast your research to millions of people and make your work widely known?
At first, most of us would think this is a dream come true to our scientist career. However, how would you actually feel?
To broadcast your research also means to become vulnerable. Any expert could question your methods. Or even worse, someone could ask a question you don’t know how to answer.
It is a funny thought that scientists can feel insecure about their own work – even though we spend years collecting data and searching for references. But the thing is that most of us is not very confident about what we do. And we doubt ourselves:
Did I read enough to get well-grounded?
Is the main question of my research really relevant?
Will I explain correctly my conclusions and findings?
Exposing our research doesn’t feel like a great achievement. In fact, it feels more like a massive examination board.
Despite being a fact, all this fear prevent us from doing our most important job: communicating science.
Every relevant research will be broadcasted by someone. The media usually owns this job. However, they don’t do it very well. We are tired of listenning about scientific based information that are actually a distortion of a real study.
With that in mind, who better than scientists to present their own research?
The struggle of science communication is already being bypassed. Scientists are using their creativity to simplify things and deliver quality information. We have some examples to follow in our post “Science communication and its gap”.
The scientist career carries a lot of responsabilities. If you have ownership for your work, you should as well care about how to broadcast your research. Us all, as scientists, should drive how scientific information is are getting forwarded.