“I wanted to be one of those people. I didn’t have the knowledge base that these people had, but I had the desire, and willingness to do hard work, so I jumped on board as a moderator, and started doing my part to help communicate science. It’s only been a year or two, but I’ve already grown, and the future looks bright. Whether I’m seeking out articles to bring to people for discussion, joining in on discussions to ask different questions, bringing evidence to help support or refute claims, searching for new tools and resources, or trying to contact professionals to help join the cause, I really love what I’m doing. It’s fulfilling, and it helps me in so many ways.” ~Ken Wood
Nodes of Science is a collaborative science communication and outreach network promoting skeptical inquiry and scientific reasoning throughout social media. We emphasise mutual, evidence-based discourse while exploring public science issues and challenging misinformation. Our community uses contemporary research on science communication to re-evaluate our own intuitions, assumptions, and approaches. A continuing discussion of evidence-based strategies gives us new tools as we seek open dialogue with a diverse public.
Since online communities develop their own identities, philosophies, and perspectives, our unique nodes adapt to the notion that there is no one way to communicate science. Different audiences and topics need different approaches. This understanding nurtured the idea of Nodes of Science into a central hub bridging several projects across social media.
Each Node of Science is a culture of its own, yet each one is a part of a larger, unified network.