The Science Network Workshop Series

Communication and advocacy trainings for scientists

Please join the Science Network for one of the workshops listed below. These sessions are part of a series offered to Science Network members to provide training opportunities to strengthen your communication and advocacy skills. There are three different levels of workshops that might appeal to you: introductory (101), advanced (202), and early career scientist (ECS).

Registration for 2015 webinars will open in January.


Upcoming Workshops

101: Rapid Response Ready: Preparing for media opportunities
Wednesday, March 11, 3PM ET

Presenters: Jeff Nesbit, Executive Director, Climate Nexus
Dave Robinson, state meteorologist of New Jersey

When a new story breaks, the media doesn’t have a lot of time to spend searching for experts. That’s why you often hear or read about the same experts being quoted in many different stories. The key to being one of those experts? Timing. You need to reach out to reporters before the big news hits, to offer your expertise as a resource to them. Our presenters are communications experts and scientific experts who can share with you just how to build those relationships with the media, so that when a reporter needs scientific information from an expert, they know just who to look to. On this webinar you’ll learn how to identify when these rapid response opportunities are imminent, how to be a source for reporters and the media, and how you can bring science back to the forefront of breaking news.

202: Pushing Back Against Misinformation
Wednesday, March 26, 3PM ET

Presenters: Dave Anderson, Outreach Coordinator, Climate and Energy Program, UCS
Aaron Huertas, Science Communications Officer, UCS
Scott Mandia, Professor of Earth and space sciences, Assistant chair of the Physical Sciences Department, Suffolk County Community College, New York

With 24/7 news and social media, everyone has their own platform to share their views. But when policy makers and the media are spreading scientific misinformation, the public deserves to hear the truth from the experts. Join us for a webinar filled with science communication tips on how to engage on contentious issues, how to frame your arguments so they aren’t reinforcing the myths, and how to push through the cacophony so the truth can be heard.


Future Workshops

May 2015:
Science in Context: Social Justice Understanding of the Role of Science in Local Policy Issues
Hear Me Out: Storytelling for scientists who want to build bridges

Summer 2015:
ECS/101: Not Just Another Powerpoint: Best practices to bring your presentation to life
202: Defending Science Under Scrutiny: How to address harassment and censorship


On-Demand Workshops

101 Level Workshops:

A Scientist's Guide to the Media

Advocacy for the Aware but Busy Expert

Tips and Tricks for Communicating with Policy Makers

Communicating with Confidence: How to deal with uncertainty

Your Elevator Pitch

Science and Policy Change: Using Your Expertise to Influence the Policy-Making Process

Testifying in Public Comment Periods and Local Hearings

Communicating in Your Own Words: How to talk to the media and the public about science

202 Level Workshops:

Communicating Science Amid Confusion and Uncertainty

"Following the Rules": How to Understand and Influence the Regulatory Process

Getting Science Right in the Media

Reaching Out to Local Communities: How to engage with local stakeholders

Social Media for Scientists: Science Communication for the Web

Early Career Scientist Workshops:

Finding the Unconventional Career

So You Want to Work in Science Policy?

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