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).

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Upcoming Workshops

101: Testifying in Public Comment Periods and Local Hearings: How to Bring Scientific Knowledge to the Debate
Thursday, October 16, 3PM ET

Presenters: Steve Frenkel, Midwest Office Director and energy policy expert, UCS; Adam Rosenberg, Democratic Staff Director, Energy Subcommittee, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives; Jeremy Richardson, Senior Energy Analyst, UCS

One of the best ways to use your expertise to make an impact on the policy making process is to give expert testimony or comments. But where do you start? Join our experts to learn about how to prepare and give testimony at the state and local levels for hearings, and how to prepare for and participate in public comment periods. We will also discuss the differences between hearings and public comment sessions, where you can find out about upcoming opportunities to speak, and how you can build off of your testimony to continue to influence the policy process.

101: Communicating in Your Own Words: How to Talk to the Media and the Public about Science
Wednesday, October 29, 3PM ET

Presenters: Aaron Huertas, Science Communications Officer, UCS; Dana Nuccitelli, environmental scientist and climate blogger at Skeptical Science

What’s the difference between a letter-to-the-editor and an op-ed? What is the role of an editorial board? What are three things you should absolutely know before talking with a reporter? Join us for a webinar to learn the answers to these questions, plus more tips and advice from the experts on how to communicate your science to both the public and the media. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of when to use different types of written communication to make the biggest impact, and science communication stories from scientists who have mastered the media interview

ECS/202: Social Media for Scientists: Science Communication for the Web
Wednesday, November 5, 3PM ET

Presenters: Katy Love, Online & New Media Manager, UCS; Ray Dearborn, Campaign Lab Director, Upwell; Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach, COMPASS; Matthew Francis, Science Writer and Director of CosmoAcademy

What’s the point of using social media? Actually, for scientists, engineers, economists, and public health and other experts, there are many benefits to be gained from using social media, including sharing your research with new audiences, building relationships with others who share your interests, and creating a network of others you can reach out to with questions or to bounce ideas off of. Join us to hear more from scientists who have found social media to be a benefit, not a burden, for their work. Our experts will share stories about how engaging online has helped them professionally, and offer tips to help get you started.

Future Workshops

March 2015:
101: Rapid Response Ready: Preparing for Media Opportunities
202: Pushing Back Against Misinformation

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

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

Early Career Scientist Workshops:

Finding the Unconventional Career

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