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

RSVP for Fall 2015 Online Workshops

From Aristotle to South Park:  The ABT Framework as a New Tool for Science Communication
Tuesday, December 1, 2:00 EST
Twenty years ago, scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson left his tenured professorship of marine biology for Hollywood. He had a single goal — the search for something that might improve the communication of science. He found it in a narrative template he crafted and labeled as “The ABT.” The ABT is adapted from the co-creators of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning animated series, South Park. In a 2011 documentary about the show, they talked about their “Rule of Replacing” which they use for editing scripts. Their rule involves replacing the word “and” with “but” or “therefore." From this Olson devised his “And, But, Therefore” template (the ABT). This has become the central tool for his new book, “Houston, We Have A Narrative,” his work with individual scientists, and his Story Circles Narrative Training program he has been developing over the past year with NIH and USDA. In this webinar, co-sponsored by the Society for Conservation Biology and the American Geophysical Union/AGU's Sharing Science program, he will present what he has termed “The ABT Framework” which refers to “the ABT way of thinking.” He will tell about how he has expanded it into The Narrative Spectrum, present examples of it working with scientists, and talk about the universal importance of narrative structure.
Speaker: Randy Olson, marine biologist-turned-filmmaker, author of Houston, We Have a Narrative. 
Moderator: Aaron Huertas, Senior Washington Director at Cater Communications
Audience Partners: The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, New York Hall of Sciences, Surfrider Foundation, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Climate Voices.

Future Workshops

Stay tuned for our 2016 Workshops.

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

Step Out of the Silo: Science through a Community and Social Justice Lens 
        Practice Questions for Scientist-Community Connections (pdf)
        Slides from "Step Out of the Silo" (pdf)

Not Just Another Powerpoint: Best Practices to Bring Your Presentation to Life
       Blog post: Not Just Another Powerpoint: More Tips to Bring Presentations to Life

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

Hear Me Out: Making Meaningful Connections through Storytelling
            Resources on Storytelling to Make Meaningful Connections and Science More Inclusive, from Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, Vice-director, Ciencia Puerto Rico and Program Manager, iBiology

Early Career Scientist Workshops:

Finding the Unconventional Career

So You Want to Work in Science Policy?

So, What Do You Do, Exactly? How to talk about the value of your research


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