About Chemistry Ambassadors
Why do we need Chemistry Ambassadors?
Share the chemistry – imagine the reaction!
As chemists, we help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. But not everyone knows that. By becoming a Chemistry Ambassador, you can help educate people about the importance of chemists and chemistry, while taking part in community activities that are engaging and fulfilling for you on your own time schedule. Chemistry Ambassadors can help improve awareness and public appreciation for the central role of chemistry in our everyday lives.
There’s an activity for everyone. Talk to children about science, write an editorial about chemistry, organize a science café for your community, or simply share with friends and neighbors how your profession improves the world. Use the Chemistry Ambassador tools.
How can I become a Chemistry Ambassador?
You don’t have to register or sign up, but we’d appreciate it if you did. Why? This website will be constantly evolving with new tools, new ideas, and stories about your success. If you like what you see, we’ll send you periodic alerts when new information is available. There’s no commitment and no deadlines. Subscribe or unsubscribe at any time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"People perceive us—chemists—more positively than we perhaps perceive ourselves. [W]e need to make the bonds between chemists and the public stronger."
Diane Grob Schmidt,
2015 ACS President
Reports and articles about communicating science
Review research that illustrates the need for scientists to engage the public, and articles that call for better science communicators.
- Science and Engineering Indicators 2016: Published by the National Science Board, the Indicators report provides a broad overview of public attitudes towards and understanding of science.
- Public Attitudes to Chemistry: The Royal Society of Chemistry produced the first national, in-depth study on how the UK public thinks and feels about chemistry, chemists and chemicals.
- Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society: This Pew Research Center survey compares views of citizens and scientists connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science on a range of science, engineering and technology issues.
More effective communication is badly needed at almost every level of science…we have to get out of the ivory tower, away from our scientific jargon and work more closely with our various audiences.”
— Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University