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SciComm Exchange: How to Provide Scientific Testimony

SciComm Exchange | Communication Training for Scientists | Participants

October 15, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Galanti Lounge
URI Robert L. Carothers Library
15 Lippett Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Courtesy: U.S. Government

Courtesy: U.S. Government

How prepared are you to testify before a Congressional committee in Washington or to provide expert testimony at a public hearing on Smith Hill? Testifying is a rare and exciting opportunity to tell your story and promote your research in the process, but it can also be intimidating.

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s SciComm Exchange helped Rhode Island researchers better understand what policy makers are looking for in scientific testimony. A former senior member of a Congressional staff experienced in working directly with lawmakers provided tips on preparing and delivering remarks and answers to questions for this important audience.


Featured Speaker
Amy Carroll, Ph.D., is director of research and supportive services at Brown University. Carroll previously worked for Senator Susan Collins of Maine as an advisor on energy, environment, and science issues. She also served as staff director of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards.

Metcalf Institute’s SciComm Exchanges, supported by Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), are free and open to natural and social science faculty, research staff, and graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Rhode Island.

Additional Resources


Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR conducts groundbreaking research and develops academic talent in the science and technology fields to increase competitiveness in research and development, build a more capable workforce and fuel economic growth in the Ocean State. Funded by the National Science Foundation and state contributions, RI EPSCoR brings together nine of the state’s public and private institutions of higher education in pursuit of a strong and sustainable marine ecosystem that serves as a foundation for Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life. Its partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are thosensf-plain-blue
of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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