Communication Workshop for Researchers Studying Arctic Environmental Change

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September 25-26, 2017
SEARCH Knowledge Exchange Workshop
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
Washington, DC

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The Arctic is experiencing rapid environmental change, including significant losses of permafrost, glaciers, and sea ice, with serious implications for ocean and atmospheric circulation, sea level, Arctic ecology, international security, and the region’s unique cultures.

These challenges amplify the need for Arctic researchers to communicate their work effectively, from their research findings and emerging questions to policy and management options. They also need to gain skill and confidence for engaging a wide variety of audiences.

Metcalf Institute will hold a science communication workshop for attendees of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Knowledge Exchange Workshop at the offices of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. in Washington, D.C., to help SEARCH researchers better engage stakeholders with their research.

Topics will include:

  • Identifying your audience
  • Developing clear and concise messages about the significance of SEARCH science
  • Building positive relationships with journalists
  • Pitching stories to the news media
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Engaging policymakers and agency staff
  • Crafting compelling presentations for varied audiences

Attendees will also practice their new skills in various break-out sessions during the two-day workshop under the guidance of expert coaches, including Sunshine Menezes, executive director, Metcalf Institute; Lisa Friedman, The New York Times climate desk; Whitley Saumweber, Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions; Arianna Skibell, E&E News; Candace Nachman, NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy; and Ricardo Sandoval-Palos, InsideClimate News.

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) is a collaborative program of Arctic researchers, funding agencies, and others that facilitates synthesis of Arctic science and communicates our current understanding to help society respond to a rapidly changing Arctic. SEARCH currently focuses on how shrinking land ice, diminishing sea ice, and degrading permafrost impact Arctic and global systems. The convening power of SEARCH enables SEARCH’s interdisciplinary action teams, as well as the wider Arctic research community, to listen to and inform agencies, policy- and decision-makers, and Arctic residents.

This workshop supported by a grant from SEARCH



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