My journey in science communication began with the creation of “PsikoSeyir” (PsychWatch) in 2014. Recognizing the need to bridge the gap between psychological science and the general public, I established a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing animated explainer videos on various psychology subfields. The aim was to provide accurate information, debunk myths, and ignite curiosity in the Turkish public. With each video, I delved into fascinating topics, unraveling the mysteries of the human mind and promoting scientific literacy.

Building upon the success of PsikoSeyir, I co-founded “Gelecek Bilimde” (Future is Science) in 2018. This science communication platform became a vibrant community of volunteers committed to producing science communication content. We collectively generated engaging articles, social media posts, e-mail newsletters, YouTube videos, and social responsibility projects. Our mission was to foster critical thinking, bridge the gap between academia and society, and increase trust in scientific knowledge. Through Gelecek Bilimde, we aimed to empower individuals with scientific literacy and inspire them to explore the wonders of the natural world.

An essential aspect of my science communication journey has been organizing workshops and seminars. These interactive events provided participants with a platform to delve into scientific concepts, develop effective communication strategies, and enhance their ability to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences. By equipping individuals with the tools and skills necessary to effectively communicate science, we aimed to create a more scientifically informed society. The workshops and seminars facilitated lively discussions, allowing participants to actively engage with scientific knowledge and bridge the gap between scientific research and the broader public.

In 2021, I took a significant step in promoting science communication by co-founding the Science Communication Committee within the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Center. This initiative aimed to raise awareness about the importance of science communication among researchers and provided guidance on effectively sharing their work. The committee organized workshops, seminars, and offered one-on-one assistance, fostering a culture of communication excellence within the scientific community. By nurturing effective science communication skills, we aimed to amplify the impact of research, improve public understanding, and bridge the gap between science and society.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my science communication journey has been teaching. In 2022, I had the privilege of teaching the science communication segment in the Bachelor of Medicine Minor program (From Science to Society) at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Through this role, I guided aspiring healthcare professionals, emphasizing the significance of effective communication in bridging the gap between science and society. From graphic design to website creation and improvisational theatre methods for presenting science, I equipped students with the tools to communicate complex scientific concepts in a compelling and accessible manner. By instilling a passion for science communication in the next generation of healthcare professionals, we paved the way for a future where evidence-based knowledge and effective communication are seamlessly intertwined.

Throughout my science communication journey, each milestone and endeavor has been driven by the belief in the importance of making science accessible, engaging, and relevant to all. By breaking down barriers, fostering dialogue, and nurturing a love for learning, I strive to inspire curiosity and critical thinking in individuals from all walks of life. Through my work, I hope to contribute to a society that values evidence-based knowledge, embraces scientific inquiry, and recognizes the profound impact of science in shaping our understanding of the world.