#SciFund Challenge Self-Guided Class

Connecting people to your science with Instagram

Part 0: Introduction

Hello person! Right here on this page, we'll be working together through some of the mysteries of science communication. We think (hope) you'll get a lot out of reading this - but (there's always a but) may we suggest that you consider taking one of our (cheap) online communication classes, where we plunge yet further into the inky depths of science communication. The big bonus with them is that our classes are very collaborative, which is a huge assist when you're making your way through this kind of thing. Sign up for our exciting, delighting email list to keep in the loop! Anyway, on with the show.

Greetings, scientist-type human! So, you've heard of this thing called Instagram and want to jump in. Or perhaps you already have dipped your toe into the inky depths of Instagram, but want to get better at venturing down into the deep. Either way, you have come to the right place, as you have come across your very own researcher's guide to Instagram, courtesy of SciFund Challenge. This guide assumes that you have no knowledge or experience with Instagram.

One other thing - this guide assumes that you have read our Audience First module. So, do take a look if you haven't already. With Audience First, you'll get a handle on your communication goals as well as on how to reach them. It's important to think through these kind of things first, as it will really inform how you use Instagram.

By the way, this handy-dandy guide was adapted from a course on Instagram for scientists, co-taught by SciFund Challenge and Louisiana State University. On the LSU side, the dashing Paige Jarreau and the daring Becky Carmichael teamed up with us SciFund folk to produce what you see here.

And, we're off to the races!