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Science Communication Workshop for RI C-AIM Partners: Framing Your Message for Engagement and Collaboration

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The ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill for scientists and engineers who seek to collaborate across disciplines and engage non-expert audiences. Metcalf Institute will hold a science communication workshop to help members of the Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation and Modeling (C-AIM) clearly communicate their research by providing the tools to craft concise messages for different audiences.

The workshop will be held on July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Dining Room at Brown University’s Sharp Refectory, 144 Thayer Street in Providence, and will include a working lunch.

Participants will deliver 2-minute “lightning talks” to introduce themselves to the group and briefly describe their research at the beginning of the workshop.

Workshop facilitator, Metcalf Institute Executive Director Sunshine Menezes, will share the fundamentals of effective science communication to engage various audiences including tips on how to:

  • Identify your audience
  • Frame your message
  • Craft clear, audience-appropriate messages
  • Determine the appropriate communication tools for engaging your stakeholders

Following the presentation, participants will practice and hone these skills during interactive sessions.

9:30-9:35     Welcome
9:35-10:35    Introductions and 2-minute Lightning Talks
10:35-11:20   Framing Scientific Information and Crafting Clear Messages
11:20-12:00  Breakout Session: participants will develop their own message boxes in groups
12:00-12:30  Working Lunch: participants may continue to discuss message boxes in groups
12:30-1:45  Report-out and Group Feedback: volunteers will present revised 2-minute Lightning Talks and receive constructive feedback.

Seating is limited and registration preference will be given to RI C-AIM members. Five seats will be reserved for C-AIM Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF). SURF registrants must provide an email of support from their Fellowship mentor. The science communication workshop is funded by RI C-AIM in partnership with workshop host, Brown University.

Register for the workshop here.

About C-AIM
RI C‑AIM is a collaboration of engineers, scientists, businesses, students and coastal communities are working together to position Rhode Island as a ‘center of excellence’ for assessing, predicting and responding to Narragansett Bay’s ever‑changing and diverse ecosystem. Through RI C-AIM, scientists and students are working together to position Rhode Island as a ‘state of excellence’ for assessing, predicting and responding to the effects of climate variability on coastal ecosystems.

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