Portal to the Public Workshop

May 16, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Lied Commons, 301 N 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

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Are you interested in communicating your science effectively to public audiences in informal settings? Do you want to learn about and practice techniques to enhance your communication practice?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, this science communication and outreach workshop is for you. Led by University of Nebraska State Museum staff trained in informal science education, the workshop will leverage best practices from Portal to the Public - a national organization dedicated to connecting public audiences with science in their own communities - to help scientists more effectively communicate their science to the public.

Established in 2007 and supported with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Portal to the Public helps institutions train scientists in planning and conducting meaningful informal science education experiences that enable public audiences to appreciate and understand current scientific research and its applications.

The University of Nebraska State Museum joined the Portal to the Public Network in 2016. This network consists of over 60 organizations across the country - ranging from zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and museums to universities and research groups - that have adopted or are adopting Portal to the Public's proven yet flexible approach to informal science education training.

Workshop participants will:

•    Explore the value of their personal stories in communicating their science;  
•    Participate in activities to increase and build confidence in their communication skills;
•    Identify communication strategies that promote inquiry learning;
•    Learn about strategies to effectively engage the public in informal settings, including the importance of face-to-face interactions;
•    Develop an activity to promote their science and cultivate an approach to developing future activities;
•    Reflect on and evaluate successes, challenges, and improvements related to their informal science education goals and experiences.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will receive a certificate of participation. The workshop is free and open to University of Nebraska faculty, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Questions about this workshop may be directed to Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, at tgilreathmullen2@unl.edu or 402-472-2894.


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