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sharing science workshops

Workshops for all your communication needs

The Sharing Science Team travels around the country to conduct science-communications workshops at universities and other institutions.

Our intention is both to provide scientists with skills and confidence in communicating and to provide them with the first step on a longer journey of science communication and outreach. We are especially excited to work with institutions and attendees who are committed to using their skills to disseminate science and its value.

These workshops can focus exclusively on communicating with community groups and other “general public” audiences; they can also address working with the media and/or policy makers. We work with our host institution to determine the workshop focus that is most appealing to them.

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Stats and praise

  • Year after year, over 90% of attendees rate our workshops as excellent.

  • Attendees' confidence in their ability to communicate science to wider audiences increases by an average of 30%, with some attendees reporting that our workshops have boosted their confidence in their abilities by 70%.
  • From Serna B. Lee: “Very engaging. I felt that I was able to get a lot of assistance on a personal level, which is sometimes difficult to obtain when at a workshop w/ people from different research areas. The workshop provided me with new perspectives on how to better present my research to a wide range of audiences. I came away w/ new tools that I am going to use straight away.”
  • From Kelsey McBeain: “I LOVE how interactive this workshop is. Nothing makes me turn off faster than a lecture on things like this.”
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Offerings

Our standard, one-day workshop covers:

  • Perspective: why, how, to whom we scicomm
  • Identifying your audience
  • Reducing/eliminating jargon
  • Crafting an elevator pitch
  • The value, and mechanics, of storytelling
  • Drafting your message
  • Practice through role playing

We also offer topic-specific workshops that include all the components from standard model (with alterations for time) with the addition of specialized content.

  • Science policy priorities
  • Value of policy engagement
  • Deep dive on policymakers
  • Working with difficult audiences

  • Deep dive on journalists
  • What makes a news headlines
  • Crafting plain-language summaries
  • Value of social media

  • Types of multimedia (e.g. audio, photo, video)
  • Creating a multimedia campaign
  • Phases of production
  • Creation of product(s)

  • Types of multimedia
  • Social media review
  • Multimedia via social media campaigns

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AGU offers interactive science communication workshops around the country. Our full- or half-day workshops provide scientists with skills and best practices in science communication and outreach, and can be scheduled specifically for your institution, or in partnership with a regional group.
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