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).

Upcoming Workshops 

Click here to register for our May and June Workshops.


With greater access to reliable information and partnerships that encourage all voices are heard, decisions and policies in our communities can be more informed, more just, and better protect our health, safety and, environment. June’s Science Network Workshop Series webinars offer a unique opportunity for scientists to join with community leaders to gain greater awareness, strategies, and tangible advice on how to be stronger partners when addressing issues within their communities. The Union of Concerned Scientists and Coming Clean are teaming up to offer the following two webinars:  

101: Step Out of the Silo: Science through a Community and Social Justice Lens 
Tuesday, June 23, 4:00 p.m. ET
Speakers: Sam Grant, Co-founder of Afro Eco; Juan Reynosa, Field Organizer for Southwest Organizing Project; Sharyle Patton, Director of Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center. Moderator: Judy Robinson, Executive Director of Coming Clean
As scientists and technical experts, you have a unique opportunity to help shape innovative solutions to the problems we face today. Whether your expertise is in climate change, energy reliance, food access, or another field— if you want to have a societal impact, this webinar is applicable to you. Join to learn why understanding the historical and social context of communities is essential for shaping interdisciplinary research questions and communicating the relevance and impact of scientific initiatives. You will hear practical advice and learn best practices from active community leaders and science-based voice on local issues. 

202: Hear Me Out: Making Meaningful Connections through Storytelling 
Monday, June 29, 3:00 p.m ET
Speakers: Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Prorgram Manager at Ciencia Puerto Rico; Michele Roberts, Co-Coordinator of Environmental Justice and Health Alliance

Everyone has a story tell—and so does every research project. Your ability to share your personal story—and as critical, to welcome and hear others’ stories— is essential to creating meaningful connections among different communities and perspectives involved in the issues you’re trying to address. Learn about ways to communicate your experience and research to different audiences. Get tips on how to actively invite, listen to, and support others’ stories and experiences. These practices will help to build new bridges and ultimately shape a more inclusive understanding of your science in social context.

Future Workshops

July 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

Rapid Response Ready: Preparing for Media Opportunities

The Story Behind the Scientist

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

Pushing Back Against Misinformation

Early Career Scientist Workshops:

Finding the Unconventional Career

So You Want to Work in Science Policy?

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