You want to raise the profile of your research and share your science with non-specialists, but you don’t have the time or the people to make this happen.

No problem.

Here at SciComm Success, we aren’t just science communication trainers. We are highly skilled communication specialists, strategists, science communicators, graphic designers, podcast producers, website crafters, writers, marketers and creative communicators who specialise in making complex topics engaging and accessible.

If you need a partner to help you think strategically about your science communication, plan what needs to be done, and then do it, we’d love to help.

Science communication. Let us do it for you.

Whether you want us to help you plan your science communication and dissemination activities during the proposal-writing phase of your project, manage your #scicomm campaign, or you simply want to bring us in to help with a specific element of your outreach and communication, we’re happy to help.

Feel free to get in touch for a no-obligation brainstorming session to see if we might be a good fit for you and your objectives.

Strategic planning

Need some help working out what direction to take with your science communication and dissemination?

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We get it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when there are so many different channels to choose from and directions that you can take!

We’ll sit down with you and your group, help you get all your ideas and questions out of your head and onto a sheet of paper, and then we’ll work together to identify what actions you need to take to achieve your goals. As part of this, we’ll not only think about what will yield the best results, but also what makes sense in terms of your budget – both in terms of financials and time!

As a scientist, researcher or research group, time and resources are often a challenge, so rest assured that the resulting plan will be clear, uncomplicated, and realistic.

Artwork, illustration & design

We humans are sensory creatures and our sense of sight dominates, so it makes sense that the visual elements of your science communication turn heads, provoke thought, and set hearts afire.

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Our graphic designers know all about the power of visuals: the magic of colour, the subtle inferences we draw from typography, how to tell stories with data, what images to choose to evoke an emotive response and reinforce your message.

Whether you need templates for your social media marketing, a stand-out design for your project reporting, evocative images for a blog, a custom-designed comic strip, or design and artwork for something completely different, we can ensure that your visual impression is unforgettable – for all the right reasons!

Graphical abstracts & infographics

Do you want a single, concise, pictorial and visual summary of the main findings of your publication to accompany a journal submission, or simply to make your complex research more accessible at first glance?

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We can work with you to turn your abstract and rough ideas into a thing of beauty that makes your key findings clear to your audience. If you’ve already created something but need a bit of help “polishing” your creation, we can take your illustrations, diagrams and composition to a whole new level.

Thinking more along the lines of an infographic, designed to make complex ideas accessible to diverse audiences? Let’s start with your audience in mind, and create something that gets your message across.

Podcast planning & production

A science communication podcast can help you share your ideas, your research or simply your passion for your field with a large audience of eager ears (and brains!).  We can help you find the right balance of expertise, content and production.

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Podcasting is a great way to share your science as there are few barriers to getting started: all you need is an idea, a mic, and some recording software, and off you go!

So how can we help? For starters, we can help you plan your podcast, set it up, give it a memorable identity, and equip you with the basics so that all you need to do is record and post podcasts on a regular basis.

If you don’t want to do it alone, no problem. We can help you brainstorm ideas and plan episodes, write a compelling script, provide you with recording and transcription support, act as your moderator or voiceover artist, edit your podcast (you have no idea how time-consuming this can be!), and make sure that your podcast is uploaded and available in all the right places. Need help spreaading the word about your initiative? We can help with that, too.

Content strategies & writing

Whether you need punchy content to draw your audience nearer, or hard-hitting, journalistic-style writing that aligns with your style and tone, our team of writers can help you get seen, be heard, and be visible in all the right places.

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Putting something in writing can be scary for many scientists and researchers, particularly if it’s not possible to provide dozens of citations to back up every statement.

We understand. You need to be able to share your research or ideas in a way that is accessible and interesting for your audience whilst maintaining the integrity of your research. Our writers and content creators, many of whom have a background in journalism, are rigorous about fact-checking and our editorial processes ensure that you and your researchers can have confidence in the quality of our work.

We can help with all sorts of copy and writing, including:

  • Project reports and publications
  • Press releases
  • Articles and stories for print and digital media
  • Website copy
  • Social media copy
  • Scripts for podcasts and videos
  • Content for graphical abstracts and infographics

All things "web"

A research website or blog can be a handy tool for telling the world what you’re doing, why it matters, and for growing an audience.

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The success of your website starts with planning.

Who is your audience? What do you want them to do on your website? How do you want them to FEEL when they visit your site? The purpose of your website will influence its design and functionality: it needs to be relevant to your audience, accessible, responsive, easy to use, easy to maintain, and easy for your audience – and the search engines – to find. And of course, it needs to compliant with local and European regulations, too.

Not all websites need to be 1,000 pages long. Not all websites need to be all-singing and all-dancing. They need to be fit-for-purpose, fast, and effective.

We’ll help you navigate the wonderful world of websites and create a solution that’s right for you, and the people you want to reach.

And if you simply need help maintaining your site, creating regular content to keep it fresh, or you want to extend its existing functionality to add something like a shop or a blog, we can help with that too.

Video abstracts & explainers

Make your message memorable by sharing it in a format that all ages and all cultures seem to love: video. We can help you think through your ideas, develop a script, draft a storyboard, and turn that all into a powerful communication tool.

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Creating videos can sometimes feel like a big undertaking, which is why it’s useful to have someone on your side who understands what needs to be done, and has a simple, repeatable process to create impactful videos.

We can help you through every step of the video planning, creation and sharing process, and our repertoire includes:

  • Whiteboard explainer videos
  • 2D character-driven illustrated videos
  • Motion graphics videos
  • Live-action videos

Social media & co.

Need a little help setting up and managing your social channels?

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We can help you set up your social media channels, create a consistent look-and-feel for your posts, advise you on scheduling tools and plans, and act as your digital communication team, collecting information from you and sharing it with the world in bite-sized posts.

"Learning by doing" & coaching

We love nothing more than getting a “two-for-one” deal that adds value in all directions. The “learning by doing” approach gives you and your team the opportunity to try new things with a safety net and friendly support to hand to keep them on the right track.

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Training is powerful, but it only really works if the people who come along to our training put the ideas, tools and approaches that we offer into practice.

The “learning by doing” approach is all about us doing science communication together. We can be as involved or as “hands-off” as you like: with some groups, we plan together and then share tasks, acting as a backup if support is needed. With others, research groups like to try things out and then come to us for support and coaching. And with others, we lay the groundwork for the communication processes, and upskill groups with the skills they need to manage the process moving forward.

Friendly, flexible and focused on your success, we’re happy to work with you in the way that makes the most sense.

When is our “do it for you” approach helpful?

Whenever you need help, is the short answer! Joking aside, here are a few examples of when scientists, research groups and science communicators call us for practical help.

#1. When your funding proposal has a dissemination budget but you don’t have the time or resources to “disseminate”:
More and more funding is dependent on you not only “doing the science”, but on you communicating your results. It’s easy to include “dissemination activities” in a proposal, but sometimes it’s not quite as easy to deliver.

When that happens, we can help: we can help you make vague deliverables more concrete, create a plan of action, and propose a variety of activities that fit into the budget you have. And if you’re happy, we can then work with you and your project partners or research group to deliver, or we can coach you to create the deliverables yourself.

#2. When you are at the proposal-writing phase and you want help planning and budgeting realistic activities to talk about your project and communicate results:
Whether or not funding agencies expect a dissemination work package in a grant proposal, we find that many researchers actively WANT to share updates about their project and their work. This is, of course, brilliant! When this happens, they bring us in to help them plan and budget appropriate activities. The result is that we often contribute to the writing of this part of the proposal, and when the funding is granted (this doesn’t always happen!), we’re able to hit the ground running.

#3. When you or your research group have something important to communicate and you need a professional team to help:
Sometimes an important finding requires a journalistic-style article. Sometimes publications need a graphical abstract but somehow this requirement was missed in the planning process. Perhaps you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present to a lay audience and you need a graphic or a slide deck that will impress AND tell it like it is. That’s when people call us.

#4. When you occasionally need a bit of extra support for your in-house team:
Your in-house team is fantastic at science communication, but sometimes they need a little help. That might be for an ongoing project, like moderating a podcast or managing social media, or it might be for a specific purpose, like creating an explainer video to use at a conference. Whatever the need, we’re here to help.

#5. When you want to develop science communication skills internally using a “learning by doing” approach:
We’ll plan, define, craft, refine and deliver science communication deliverables together, providing you or your team with as much support as they need so that they can learn to do it themselves. Tandem science communication, loads of knowledge transfer, and with a bit of luck, the end result is that you’ll have a science communication guru sitting at a desk not too far from you…

What people say

Suzanne ranks in the top 3% of experts that I have ever met. She is smart, sharp, professional, insightful and delivers great results. I have worked with her as a colleague and on my own business projects. She understands all aspects of and is one of the first people I seek to consult and involve in all my projects. She is outstanding. If you get a chance to work with her, then do.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Coach, speaker and author

Suzanne is quick to understand the nature, needs and vision of your business. Her proposals are well thought through and she is clear and concise in explaining her service offerings.

She is very creative in her suggestions, has a flexible approach and is without a shadow of doubt one of my favourite people to work with.

Nadine Dereza

Media consultant & journalist, Babaco Media

I have worked with Suzanne on a number of different projects and have consistently been pleased with the results. The first was my branding and website, for which she was able to take my rather vague descriptions and turn them into works of art that told my (rather niche) audience exactly what I offered.

Later she helped with another website for a client, and later still, she provided story-boarding support, designed an explainer video and and even provided the voiceover for another project. Suzanne always comes through – highly recommended!

Rachel Madan

Sustainability Consultant, Greener Museums

Working with us is as easy as 1,2,3…

We help researchers in science, technology, engineering, medicine and social sciences craft and share engaging science communication material. If you are interested working together, getting started is as easy as 1,2,3!

First, get in touch

Book a FREE exploration session to get started. You can tell us about what you want and need, we can brainstorm ideas, and together, we can explore the possibilities.

Second, get some ideas

Based on what you’ve told us, we will put together a proposal for you outlining our recommended approach to creating science communication and dissemination materials based on your input, along with the all-important outcomes, costs, and timescales.

Third, get started

Once you’re happy with what we’ve proposed, we’ll start working on your science communication project. Lovely!

Looking for someone help you bring your science and research to life? We’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch to find out more about how we might work together. Everything good starts with a conversation…