Outreach & Science Communication

I'm very involved in science communication and outreach - getting science out of the classroom or research institute and bringing it to the general public. As such I contribute to a number of groups and organisations which help promote science communication. When possible I do give lectures and talks to a live audience, especially in schools and have done so in many years - I actually started while still studying for my batchelors degree.



My main avenue of communication is my blog on palaeontology (hosted by the Guardian)
"Lost Worlds" which is aimed at a general audience. I have also been writing the blog "Archosaur Musings" for over five years, where I talk about dinosaurs, pterosaurs and science in the media for a more advanced readers. It has built a strong audience over the three years of my writing and continues to grow. Recently I helped organise and launch a new site focused on pterosaurs - "Pterosaur.Net" which has it's own blog as well as a series of essays on various aspects of the biology of these animals. I also helped set up "DinoBase", and contribute to the "Why Science" website. I Tweet on various science subjects as "@Dave_Hone".

Perhaps by biggest project though is "Ask A Biologist" which has a rather explanatory title. I set this site up in 2006 and managed to get a number of grants from various funding bodies to support the site, and then I recruited a number of international researchers to take the public's questions. So far we have answered nearly 7000 biology-related queries and had millions of visitors from around the globe.


Further afield I have contributes to books on palaeontology, museum exhibitions, and have been a semi-regular dinosaur 'pundit', on the BBC Radio 5live station as well as consulting for several TV shows on dinosaurs. My research has also been widely reported in the print and online media including the National Geographic, New Scientist, The Independent and Science Daily, and I am regularly contacted by journalists looking for quotes and fact-checking on pieces they are writing.

Below are included a number of articles of science communication or that were produced for a general audience.

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Dave Hone,
Jan 18, 2013, 9:01 AM
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Dave Hone,
Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM
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Dave Hone,
Jan 18, 2013, 9:07 AM
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Dave Hone,
Aug 17, 2013, 8:55 AM
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Dave Hone,
Jan 18, 2013, 9:03 AM
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Dave Hone,
Jan 18, 2013, 9:04 AM
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