Scientists are no strangers to having a tough time expressing their opinion, but for some, that’s just not enough.
In an effort to help people make better decisions, a team of researchers have developed a way for scientists to be more inclusive in their responses to questions and comments about them.
The team created a website called Bro Science that includes a “list of scientists with more than 500 posts or comments.”
While they’re hoping that people will use this information to find people they can talk to, it’s a start at getting the conversation going.
“We’re really excited to see the conversation move in that direction,” says co-founder and senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History Jens B. Degenhardt, who created Bro Science.
The goal of the website is to be a way to give people more insight into the minds of scientists, he says.
“The most important thing we want to do is show that there is a huge diversity of opinions among scientists, and it’s not just about what we think,” says Degenhart.
For instance, Degenhard says there are some scientists who think that climate change is happening and others who think it’s an artifact of human activity.
He hopes that Bro Science will help scientists to better understand their colleagues and the people they work with.
“There are certain things that are really important for us to understand and understand and communicate,” he says, adding that Bro Sci will also help scientists “make better decisions about how they spend their time and money.”
The site was created by researchers from the MaxPlanck Institute, the Max P. Albrecht Institute for Geophysics, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Geochemistry und Physik in Hamburg, Germany.
The website is currently in beta, and will be expanded over time, but Degenham says that it’s already been useful for scientists who are interested in working with people.
“It’s not a substitute for having conversations with colleagues, but it’s definitely helpful,” he said.
“I think we can get a lot of people to learn more about scientists and the work they do.”
The research was published in the journal Nature Communications on March 8, 2017.