Communications Training for Researchers & Other Science Communicators

The ability to effectively convey and discuss the significance of scientific findings is an essential skill that can affect researchers’ interactions with their scientific peers, funders, the media, and public audiences. Likewise, non-scientific staff working on environmental topics at academic institutions and nonprofits often need to craft compelling messages for a wide range of audiences. Metcalf Institute offers a variety of programs and seminars to help scientists and other science communicators gain the confidence and skills needed to share their science with different audiences.

Graduate students applied new design skills to develop a scientific poster as part of a Metcalf Science Communication Workshop. Photo by Karen Southern.

Graduate students applied new design skills to develop a scientific poster as part of a Metcalf Science Communication Workshop.

SciComm Exchange
Metcalf Institute launched the SciComm Exchange with support from Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RI EPSCoR).  Held in partnership with research institutions across the state, SciComm Exchanges facilitate informal conversations about science communication topics with journalists, communication experts, and research peers.

Science Communication Workshops for Rhode Island Researchers
Metcalf Institute offers one-day science communication workshops throughout the year for faculty, research staff, and graduate students in partnership with Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR.   These workshops are designed to help researchers throughout the state learn how to develop productive professional relationships with journalists, prepare effective and audience-appropriate messages for varied audiences, and use social media and other Web-based tools to share their research and broader scientific topics. RI NSF EPSCoR partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

Customized Workshops for Science Communicators
Metcalf Institute partners with a wide range of organizations to develop customized workshops for scientists, public affairs staff, and other science communicators. This approach is exemplified by Climate Change in Narragansett Bay: What’s the Story?, a workshop created to help researchers, educators, journalists, and others gain new collaborators, skills, and ideas for developing compelling stories about the impacts of climate change to engage broader audiences. Metcalf also designs workshops for targeted audiences, such as environmental non-profits, who seek specific types of communication training.

Science Communication Workshops at Scientific Conferences
Metcalf Institute works with partner institutions and organizations to develop customized workshops at scientific conferences and other gatherings. Metcalf has organized workshops for groups ranging from the Superfund Research Program to the Society of American Foresters.

Contact Executive Director Sunshine Menezes to discuss a customized Metcalf Institute workshop for your group. Read a blog post by Menezes on the Ten Communication Tips for Translational Scientists.