Science Communication Training

February 7th and 8th, 2018

COMPASS is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that helps scientists build the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to effectively engage in the public discourse and decision-making about the environment. Participating in a COMPASS training gives you the opportunity to workshop your science in a practical way, reflect on the “so what” of your science, meet journalists and policymakers whose work is relevant to your science, and become part of a community of scientists who encourage and support each other to get out of their labs and engage with the real world.

With the support of our co-sponsors in SEBS and SAS, the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) and COMPASS are organizing three events to help Rutgers researchers at all career stages (from graduate students to senior faculty) share their insights beyond their peers. All events will take place between February 7-8, 2018.


Science Communication Training Workshop:

  • February 7, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm, Cook Student Center, Multipurpose Room ABC
  • This workshop is open to all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Registration is free and strongly encouraged.
  • Click Here to Register
  • This session introduces the Message Box, a simple but powerful tool to help you distill what you know and why it matters for your particular audience, and walks you through hands-on practice and small group feedback from your peers, colleagues, and the COMPASS trainer.

Plenary: Communicating Science in a “Post-Truth” World:

  • February 7, 2018, 5:00-6:30pm, Cook Student Center, Multipurpose Room ABC
  • Open to all. Registration is free and strongly encouraged.
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  • Speakers include Nancy Baron, David Malakoff, Madeline Sofia, Kendra Pierre-Louis, and John Upton. Click here for more information about the speakers.
  • Speakers will discuss how the media is changing and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers. They will share their personal perspectives on how to get your stories told and what makes a good science story, and “dos and don’ts” of dealing with journalists.

Full-Day Science Communication Training:

  • February 8th, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm, Cook Student Center, Room 202ABC
  • A group of 20 graduate students, researchers, and faculty members will be invited to work with COMPASS facilitators and media professionals on how to expand their research’s reach.
  • One-day training includes a blend of introductory engagement tools, meeting and workshopping with external trainers (hand-selected journalists and policymakers relevant to your work), hands-on practice and feedback, and thinking through your goals.
  • Participants will leave with more confidence in communicating their message to any audience and deeper relationships with their peers and the trainers, often leading to future engagement opportunities.
  • Registration for this event has closed.