The inherent complexity of life science research creates a formidable communication challenge for researchers. Every day, we hear anecdotal stories from the research community, highlighting how the communication of science poses a significant obstacle to its advancement. These stories shed light on various challenges, such as internal team and cross-functional communication issues that hinder the progress of research projects. External communication is also a hurdle when it comes to conferences, publications, and grant applications. This year, we commissioned an independent study to better quantify the impact of science communication. We’re excited to share our findings with you.
In our inaugural 2023 State of Science Communication report, we surveyed 162 scientists anonymously across North America and Europe, of which 30% were BioRender users. The objective was to gain and share valuable insights on the obstacles scientists face in research communication, exploring the business advantages of improved communication, and gathering their perspectives on the tools they use to communicate more effectively.
Whether it is collaborating internally to drive research projects forward or disseminating findings to a broader audience through publications, there are a few key themes that surfaced from the survey.