June 29, 2017

Training Programs

This page lists several science communication training programs that are available.  Click a training program to see an overview of that program.


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COMPASS

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Mission Statement

Help scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. We provide practical support for scientists to engage without compromising the accuracy of their science.

What makes this program unique?

  • COMPASS was founded to support marine scientists in their efforts to communicate
  • Expanded our scope beyond oceans, while creating new training programs and constantly expanding our networks

Training Logistics

  • COMPASS helps scientist build the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to effectively engage in the public discourse and decision-making about the environment.
  • Group size: ~20
  • Type: Hour-long message box training, half-day training, one or two day trainings, multi-day topical trainings, lectures or short seminars.
  • View COMPASS Trainings document [+]

Training Content

We will help you dis2ll your message and explore the social context of your science, motivate you to articulate and work toward your goals for engaging with society, and help you navigate your own journey as you incorporate “engagement” into your career.

Participant Description

Scientists from a range of career stages (from graduate students to senior faculty and other professionals) and institutions (academia, government, non-profits, and industry)

Number of Trainees / Year

Thousands since 2000

Trainers and Facilitators

  • Nancy Baron (Director of Science Outreach)
  • Erica Goldman (Director of Policy Engagement)
  • Heather Reiff (Trainings and Communications Manager)
  • View COMPASS staff [+]

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Additional Service(s)

  • One-on-One support for scientists engaging with journalists, policymakers and other non-scientific audiences.
  • Provide opportunities to connect with COMPASS’ large network and deep relationship with scientist, journalists, and government offices.

Evaluation

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Books & Collateral

  • Baron, N. (2010). Escape from the ivory tower: a guide to making your science matter. Island Press.

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AAAS – Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

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Mission Statement

The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology provides scientists and scientific institutions with opportunities and resources to have meaningful conversations with the public.

What makes this program unique?

  • The Communicating Science program works closely with social scientists to inform training curriculum in science communication and public engagement.
  • Center staff present talks on the value of public engagement, and coordinate with colleagues at professional societies and other public engagement practitioners.

Training Logistics

  • Communicating Science Workshops
  • Size: 10-100
  • 3 to 6 hours to multiple days
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  • Communicating Science Seminars at AAAS Annual Meeting
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Training Content

  • Why scientist involvement in public communication of scientific research is valuable, and options for participation
  • Establishing goals for communication and public engagement
  • Overview of public audiences
  • Developing and practicing targeted messages about your research for public audiences
  • Handling interaction with media and public audiences, including mock interviews and soliciting and answering questions
  • Practice on video and peer critique
  • Using presentation slides and other visuals to communicate effectively
  • Using social media and creating an effective online presence
  • Resources for communicating more broadly

Participant Description

 

Number of Trainees / Year

3,500 scientists and engineers since 2008

Trainers and Facilitators

  • Tiffany Lohwater (Director of Meetings and Public Engagement)
  • Stacey Bake (Public Engagement Associate)
  • Emily Cloyd (Project Director, Public Engagement)
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Additional Program(s)

Additional Service(s)

  • Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP – Read more [+])

Evaluation

The AAAS Communicating Science program works closely with social scientists whose research addresses science communication and public engagement with science, to ensure the program uses empirical evidence to inform best practices and workshop content. Researchers and a professional evaluator have also assisted in development of an evaluation program that measures progress toward goals identified by research.

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Ninja Coms

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Mission Statement

Ninja provides insights, knowledge and skills that transform communications and communicators long after the coaching ends.

What makes this program unique?

 

Training Logistics

Half-day, full-day, and multi-day workshops

Training Content

The materials it creates, and the consulting and coaching Ninja delivers, have helped clients large and small, public and private, gain recognition as leaders and innovators, open new avenues of funding, achieve goals, and advance careers.

Participant Description

 

Number of Trainees / Year

2500 scientists so far

Trainers and Facilitators

  • Dan Agan, marketing and communication strategist
  • Joe Schreiber

Additional Program(s)

  • Communication Idol Competitions
  • Online Strategic Communications Coaching and Learning Centers
  • Speaking Engagements
  • One-On-One Media Training
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Evaluation

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Books & Collateral

 

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Alda Communication Training

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Mission Statement

 

What makes this program unique?

 

Training Logistics

  • 1 credit Courses at Stony Brook University
  • Workshop (for STEM professionals or medical professionals)
  • Online learning webinar
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Training Content

 

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Additional Service(s)

  • Science Communication Bootcamp

Evaluation

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Portal to the Public

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Mission Statement

 

What makes this program unique?

 

Training Logistics

Workshop

Training Content

 

Participant Description

 

Number of Trainees / Year

 

Trainers and Facilitators

  • Dennis Schatz, Project Senior Advisor
  • Eve Klein, Project Manager
  • Anna Johnson, Project Specialist
  • Martin Storksdieck, External Evaluator, Director, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University
  • Angie Ong, External Evaluator, Principal, Spotlight Impact
  • Jessica Sickler, External Evaluator, Principal, J. Sickler Consulting

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Additional Service(s)

  • Informal learning organizations network across the country (Read more [+])

Evaluation

Summative Evaluation Report
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Beakerhead – Banff Science Communication

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Mission Statement

 

What makes this program unique?

 

Training Logistics

  • Course offered with a host organization
  • 2-day workshop or advanced two-week intensives
  • Size: <20

Training Content

 

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Trainers and Facilitators

  • Mary Anne Moser (president and co-founder)
  • Jay Ingram (co-founder)
  • Jasmine Palardy (Senior Director)
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Evaluation

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Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University

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Mission Statement

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science seeks to advance science and medicine through training in clear and vivid communication. The Center envisions a world that recognizes the wonder and value of science.

What makes this program unique?

Training Logistics

Training Content

 

The Alda Method™ developed by the Center uses improvisational theater and message design exercises to help scientists communicate their work in a more conversational way. The curriculum emphasizes storytelling and vivid imagery as tools to help scientists engage their audience. The Center also conducts research on its training and integrates science communication theory into practice.

The main training program offered by the Alda Center is a two-day workshop in which participants explore improvisation and message design. Specialized training modules are also often developed to meet the training goals of a workshop host institution.

The training itself includes elements aimed at helping scientists understand audiences and set appropriate communication goals, listen and connect with others, establish common ground through storytelling, craft impactful science stories, and use bold and expressive communication to connect with audiences. The training is designed to include substantial practice and feedback from instructors and peers.

The Alda Center conducted its first 13 workshops on the road in 2010-11. Since then, the demand for programs has grown significantly. The Alda Center conducted over 150 workshops and public lectures in 2017 and is now training over a thousand scientists per year. These have included people from a wide range of disciplines, career stages, and organizations.

Most training is done on a fee-for-service basis with additional funding coming from a variety of foundations and grants. Faculty from the Center also provide communication courses and training to Stony Brook University researchers and medical students.

The Center partnered with the Kavli Foundation in 2017 to develop online learning resources available to Alda Center workshop alumni and others through the Center’s website. Additionally, the Center offers opportunities for scientists to engage with their peers to foster continued learning and practice of science communication skills.Participant Description

Number of Trainees / Year

Trainers and Facilitators

Several dozen instructors specializing in improvisational theater, science journalism, media relations and public policy, are trained in the Alda Method™ at Stony Brook University and at various organizations in the United States and worldwide.

Alan Alda is active member of the Center. The Center is directed by Laura Lindenfeld, who oversees a team of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, a curriculum designer, and administrative staff.

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Evaluation

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