How to Communicate Uncertainty with the Brevity that Online Communication Requires

Uncertainty is a large part of the scientific process. There are always exceptions to the rule, varying amounts of uncertainty, and other factors that lead to wiggle room even when the result is widely accepted as the truth among scientists. So how do we, as science communicators, describe this?


  1. We started off the session dealing with the issue of uncertainty in general, what causes it, and how people deal with it in their everyday lives.
  2. A theme of the Science Online conference popped up again: know your audience! 
  3. The group then went deeper into what uncertainty means in different areas of science and areas of life.
  4. But we kept going back to the audience and stories. 
  5. We discussed how science is done and the different types of scientific uncertainty.