Building Public Engagement with Science: Strategies for Success

URI Master Gardener program
Kingston, Rhode Island
March 12 & 14, 2018

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Photo credit: URI Cooperative Extension

.Master Gardeners have a deep base of knowledge to share about horticulture, soil science, and food systems. But their target audiences may not share a familiarity with this scientific jargon and research.

Metcalf Institute will hold two science communication micro-workshops to provide  participants in the University of Rhode Island Master Gardner program with the tools to improve their outreach efforts. Metcalf Institute Executive Director Sunshine Menezes will give an overview of the fundamentals of effective science communication and provide tips on how to tailor compelling messages to engage various audiences.

Following her presentations, participants will practice new skills during an interactive session designed to help distill complex information into concise and interesting talking points for broader audiences.

About the URI Master Gardner Program
Cooperative Extension provides non-formal education and learning opportunities to people throughout the United States — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. It emphasizes taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes. All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities have a third, critical mission — extension. The University of Rhode Island is one of these land-grant institutions, and through Cooperative Extension in RI, we bring vital, practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners,communities, consumers, families, and young people. We pride ourselves on our role in translating science for practical application, and are always looking to identify emerging research questions to which we find answers and encourage application of science and technology to improve agricultural, environmental, economic and social conditions.

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