Advancing informed, inclusive public conversations about science and the environment

Gretchen Ertl

Metcalf Institute fosters informed, inclusive public conversations about environmental issues by conducting science training for journalists, communication training for scientists, and a variety of public programs.

Based in the URI College of Environment and Life Sciences, Metcalf Institute collaborates with academics, state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, community representatives and news organizations nationwide to develop customized programs and resources that improve and expand news coverage of environmental topics.


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  • 2024 SciComm Identities Project Fellows announcement with 14 black and white photos of fellows Announcing the 2024 SciComm Identities Project Fellows! - The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute, Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, and the URI Science and Story Lab launched the SciComm Identities Project (SCIP) to prepare the next generation of science communicators from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds. The ambitious five-year project, supported by a $2.8 million collaborative National Science Foundation […]
  • Fara Warner Welcoming Fara Warner as the New Executive Director of Metcalf Institute! - Dear friends of Metcalf Institute, I am pleased to announce that Fara Warner will be joining us as Metcalf Institute’s next executive director on November 20th, thanks to generous philanthropic support. Fara has a diverse background in the journalism industry and a proven track record of driving impactful storytelling initiatives. Her journey, and her most […]
  • 2024 SciComm Identities Project Fellowship Applications Now Open! - We’re excited to announce that SciComm Identities Project Fellowship applications are now open for the second year. Running from January to December 2024, this one-year professional development fellowship will bring together a diverse cohort of U.S.-based, pre-tenure faculty of color who work on water issues related to climate change. Applications for the 2024 cohort are […]