Science Communication Workshops for Researchers

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Researcher practices interview skills at Metcalf science communication workshop.

Researcher practices interview skills at Metcalf science communication workshop.

Metcalf is partnering with the Rhode Island chapter of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR) to help Rhode Island researchers improve their communication skills and level of confidence in discussing their research with the news media and the public.

Read article about Metcalf’s science communication workshops, seminars and SciComm Exchanges.

Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR is a state-wide program designed to promote collaboration and cooperation among Rhode Island’s higher education institutions and to increase research competitiveness with a focus on marine life sciences. The Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR team works with nine colleges in the state, supports three core research facilities, and supports a host of development and outreach activities for students.  Its 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.

Metcalf Institute and Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR is offering a series of one-day science communication workshops in each year of the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR grant, from 2011 to 2015. These workshops are designed to help science faculty and graduate students throughout the state learn how to develop productive professional relationships with journalists, prepare effective and audience-appropriate messages for journalists and the general public, and use design principles and web-based tools to share their research and broader scientific topics.

July 20, 2016
Science Communication Workshop: Writing for Influential Audiences
Agenda | Speaker Bios
This workshop focused on helping Rhode Island science graduate students, faculty, post docs, and research staff build the skills and confidence to write for public audiences.

July 14, 2015
Science Communication Workshop: Storytelling with Video
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Resources
Documentary film experts Gianna Savoie and Jeff Reed from the Ocean Media Institute provided instruction on the tools needed to develop brief, powerful videos to help scientists share their research with broader audiences.

February 4, 2015
Scientific Poster Design Workshop
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Workshop Videos
Back by Popular Demand! This interactive workshop prepared participants to conceptualize and design compelling scientific posters.

November 13, 2014
Scientific Poster Design Mini-Workshop
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Resource List
This 2-hour workshop featured experts in graphic and poster design from the Rhode Island School of Design to help researchers develop clear and compelling posters for their next conference presentations.

July 9, 2014
Blogging Your Scientific Research
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Presentation | Resource List
A workshop designed to assist Rhode Island researchers in their online outreach efforts, led by Andrew David Thaler, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Southern Fried Science, a popular marine science and conservation website.

July 19, 2013
Secrets of a Successful Scientific Presentation
Agenda | Speaker Bio
A lecture for researchers, science faculty and graduate students from all Rhode Island colleges and universities and a communication workshop for graduate students–both led by Dennis Meredith, author of Explaining Research–to help improve communication of research, engage listeners and advance science careers.

January 14, 2013
Preparing Scientists for TV & Radio Interviews
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Presentation
This one-day workshop introduced participating researchers to the journalist’s view of science: what makes research findings newsworthy, and how to communicate findings clearly in an interview setting.
Read about the January 2013 seminar on the URI College of Environment and Life Sciences news page.

July 30, 2012
#riscweet! How to Effectively Communicate Science on the Web
A workshop for Rhode Island graduate students to introduce the use of social media and blogs as tools to share their research with broader audiences.

May 16, 2012
Writing an Op-Ed and Working With Your Media Relations Office
Agenda | Speaker Bios | Participant List

September 13, 2011
Talking to the Media: Framing Your Message and Working With the Press
Speaker Bios | Participant List

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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