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Communication training

Training in scientific communication helps students develop skills that enhance their ability to share their knowledge with other researchers, non-scientists, and stakeholders, and improve their understanding of pressing questions in climate-change science. This aspect of the EERREC training program adopts several approaches, including immersive workshops, public engagement, and video development.

During the weekly professional development seminar, trainees will develop and practice short narratives that describe their research for non-specialists using an "And But Therefore" format.

Intertidal at Bodega Marine Lab
Intertidal and surge channel at Bodega Marine Lab. Photo credit: Greg Urquiaga/UC Davis

We will offer an evening intensive workshop on scientific communication that will be as part of a field trip. Workshop topics will include...

  • the role of scientific communication in conveying ideas within and outside of the scientific community
  • developing two-way conversations about science that emphasize true ‘engagement’ rather than unidirectional ‘communication’ 
  • the importance of understanding values of an audience
  •  and the role that storytelling plays in connecting scientists to their community.

The workshop will include small group activities centered around clarifying key scientific messages and the promise and pitfalls of social media in engagement.

EERREC REU students also will learn how to create scientific videos and will collaborate to write and film a fifteen-minute video that describes the EERREC experience and highlights each student's research. This video will be premiered at the end of summer research symposium and will be available for students to share therefter.