The Science Communications team supports efforts within the Faculty of Science to share research, events and news about our faculty with a range of public audiences. Whether you are hoping to share your research with the country's media in a press release, create or update a Waterloo website, or want to share a cool picture from your research on our Instagram account, our team is ready to help with all of this and more!
Our goal is to help you craft your messages, and share your news. Use these forms to let us know how we can help you, or keep reading to find out more!
What communications channels are available?
The Faculty of Science has a variety of channels that we use to communicate, which are selected based on the content and target audience. We can help you determine which channels are best-suited for your communications efforts. The channels which are available include:
Press Releases/Media Advisories/Photo Opportunities
We work closely with the University of Waterloo Media Relations team to promote major publications or news items about the Faculty of Science. We will work with you to develop a press release or media advisory that will be pitched or shared with relevant news outlets. Please note that decisions regarding moving forward with press releases/media advisories will be made by the Science Communications and Central Media Relations teams.
- If you have a press release, media advisory or photo opportunity, please fill out our story/news form.
News Stories, Profiles and Research
Our news, features and stories services includes sharing your research, story, achievements, or other stories across our various channels. We will work with you to develop an article (and perhaps photography/video).
- If you have a story or news you would like to share, please fill out our story proposal form.
From conference sites to departmental and research group sites, we have you covered. If you would like to set up a website, please reach out. We would be happy to work with you to create an accessible, usable website that can be easily maintained.
Standard support for Science events is via promotion on social media, the Faculty/Departmental website(s) as an event listing and through digital signage. Depending on staff availability, we may be able to help co-ordinate email invites, event websites (including registration forms).
- If you are interested in creating an event listing, please fill out our event submissions form.
We constantly monitor and review the latest social media platforms to determine whether the Faculty of Science should use these platforms for our communications. We currently maintain profiles on the following channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Currently, we feature story content, event promotions (including Facebook Event creation), and photos from around the Science Faculty highlighting life in Science.
- If you would like to share a post via social media, please fill out our social media post request form.
We maintain a number of digital screens around the faculty. With locations in the following buildings Earth Sciences (ESC), Physics (PHYS), Student Teaching Complex (STC), Environment and Information Technology (EIT), Chemistry (CHEM), School of Pharmacy (PHARM) and School of Optometry (OPT). We are able to leverage these screens to promote many different items including announcements, dates, services, stories and events.
SciSpace is a community in LEARN. This community group is one of the communication tools used to share information relating to undergraduate student's academic skills, professional and personal growth, as well as any important reminders.
- If you are interested in learning more about the SciSpace Community and the types of content that is shared on this channel, please review the Posting in SciSpace Community page.
There are a number of email lists and newsletters that we can leverage within the faculty to share your message, event or story.
- Contact us and let's talk about how we can support you through our email lists.
As a member of the extended central communications team, we can coordinate university-level support and can help determine how best to promote your message, event or story. With potential channels such as the Daily Bulletin, University of Waterloo events, social and the University of Waterloo homepage.
- If you would like us to help you pitch your content to the central University team, please contact us.
If you would like communication across multiple channels or have questions, please contact us!
In addition to the various channels we can communicate on, we also offer the following additional services and resources.
We have a variety of camera equipment at our disposal, including DSLR cameras, Go-Pros, tripods, and voice recorders. We are willing to lend the equipment out to Faculty, Staff, and Graduate students for special projects within the Science Faculty.
Alternately, we may also be available to come and capture events or stories in photos and/or video to share with our community.
- If you would like to discuss access to our camera equipment, or have an idea of a moment/event/story you think should be captured by the Faculty, please contact us.
We have a the following pop-up banners available for sign out during your event(s).
- Science (Plain blue)
- Science (Physical Science)
- Science (DNA)
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Physics and Astronomy
- Pharmacy/Pharm. Sci.
Print Material Design
Depending on the turn around time required, we may be able to help develop a poster for your event. We have also developed a template for poster creation. Please note that while we may help you create your poster design, it is your responsibility to print it and put it up around the Faculty. If you would like to develop your own poster, we have created a simple poster template you can download and modify.
There may be occasions where live streaming or live tweeting an event may be useful - particularly for people that may not be in a geographical area to attend the event.