Advancing informed, inclusive public conversations about science and the environment

Gretchen Ertl

Metcalf Institute fosters informed, inclusive public conversations about environmental issues by conducting science training for journalists, communication training for scientists, and a variety of public programs.

Based in the URI College of Environment and Life Sciences, Metcalf Institute collaborates with academics, state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, community representatives and news organizations nationwide to develop customized programs and resources that improve and expand news coverage of environmental topics.


Metcalf training is 25!

Celebrating a quarter century of education and training for journalists, scientists and more

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  • 25 Years of Training Logo Announcing the 25th Annual Workshop for Journalists Finalists! - We had an incredibly competitive application process this year for our 25th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, with over 283 applications from 65 different countries! Narrowing down so many qualified applicants to only 10 Fellowship spots was an incredibly difficult task. We’re pleased to announce our shortlist of Finalists, with our final Fellowship selection […]
  • A New Chapter for Metcalf Institute - Dear Friends, I am thrilled to announce that Metcalf Institute is launching a search for the next director. We have made tremendous strides over the past twenty-five years, and today we are poised for even greater impact. Metcalf Institute seeks a dynamic, innovative individual to take on this critical role. This person will be passionate […]
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sunshine Menezes, 2022 AAAS Fellow! - We’re proud to announce that Metcalf’s Executive Director, Dr. Sunshine Menezes, was nominated and has been recognized as a 2022 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellow, one of the most prestigious honors in the scientific community. She is honored for “distinguished contributions to science communication, environmental communication, and public engagement with science, […]