Now that’s a really useful #scicommchall to take on: Share your elevator pitch!

It’s November and it’s getting darker and darker. But that’s not going to stop us from being excited about our research, and from sharing that excitement!

So here is November’s #scicommchall:

Share your elevator pitch with us! In 30 seconds or less, what do you do? Why is it exciting? Why should people care?

Grab your phone and make a quick movie of yourself, giving your elevator pitch. Share it on your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, website, wherever you like. And let us share it for you so the world can get excited about your work! 🙂

Judith writes a #scicommbookforkids about being a First Aid hero

Another beautiful #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall!

Judith explains how everyone can be a hero:

She tells the story of Ida, who’d love to be a super hero and help people.

Ida asks her personal super hero, her granddad for advice on how to become a super hero.

He explains that it’s not difficult, you just have to help when it’s needed.

Even in small, everyday situations.

In german, it’s easy to remember what you need to do if you just remember to be a HELD (the german word for hero):

H – call for help

E – calm and comfort

L – check for vital functions

D – cover with a blanket

But it’s always important to stay calm and stay safe yourself!

Ina is excited — now she can be a hero!

A #skyku #scipoem on condensation nuclei? Yes, please!

Sinikka wrote a sky-ku haiku for October’s #scicommchall!

Sinikka explains: Clouds form if it is so cold that water vapour condensates to droplets. Little particles – so small you can’t see them – are often the base for water molecules to settle and form such a droplet. The particle is a so called cloud condensation nuclei. Sulfur gases emitted by the ocean can form particles that act in that way. This is one of the many ways the ocean influences weather and climate.

Sara shares her #dayofscience!

Wanna know what a day in the life of a science communication researcher looks like? Sara shares her #dayofscience on her Instagram @frauwissenschaft, go check it out!

How cool is it when people still contribute to old #scicommchalls, like Sara to the June one?

Do you want to share something related to previous challenges? We are always excited to get inspiration from what you come up with!

Sinikka’s #scicommbookforkids on climate tickling your nose

We are in for a real treat with Sinikka’s #scicommbookforkids for September’s #scicommchall! (Translation below the image)

Climate tickling your nose.

Taking a deep breath at the beach, you notice this smell: The smell of the sea. This typical smell are actually tiny amounts of sulfur gases you are breathing in!

Sulphurous algae grow in the sea. Sun light and other microscopically small algae contribute to their growth.

The gases are then released into the air, especially on windy days.

Besides creating the typical smell of the sea, sulphurous algae also do other things: Some help water droplets grow in the atmosphere. Clouds form and it starts to rain!

Others become tiny reflectors — aerosols — and reflect parts of the sun light back away from the Earth. This cools down the Earth a tiny little bit.

Sun and algae, wind and waves, clouds and rain, warm and cold — this is all contained in a nose full of sea air!

And here it is pre folding:

When will we see your #scicommbookforkids? 🙂

#scicommchall in October: Writing a sky-ku #scipoem with Sam Illingworth!

For this month’s #scicommchall, Dr Sam Illingworth (Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK) would like you to write a sky-ku – this is a short poem inspired by the traditional Japanese haiku and which celebrates the sky.

If possible these sky-ku should also include how your work relates to the sky; it might be that you are an atmospheric scientist working on clouds (easy!), or that you are a marine biologist who spends many months at sea looking at seemingly endless horizons (slightly harder!).

You can read a selection of them here (, and also find out more about the SkyDayProject which inspired their creation. And if writing a poem in this particular style is too hard, then just abandon the form and write something you feel more comfortable with. 🙂

As always, please do share your ideas with us at #scicommchall!

Find a guide to creating Sky-kus after the cut:

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