Science Communication Workshop

March 7, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Lied Commons, 301 N 12th Street, Lincoln

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

If you answered yes to either of these questions, this science communication workshop is for you. Led by University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History (Morrill Hall) staff trained in informal science education, the workshop will leverage best practices from The Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet) - 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, PoPNet 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.

Morrill Hall joined PoPNet in 2016. The network consists of more than 60 organizations across the country - ranging from zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and museums to universities and research groups - that have adopted or are adopting PoPNet'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; and
• Reflect on and evaluate successes, challenges, and improvements related to their informal science education goals and experiences. 

In addition, participants will learn about outreach opportunities at Morrill Hall, including events such as Sunday with a Scientist, Saturday Investigate, and Science Café. Faculty submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation who wish to enhance their broader impacts activities will find this workshop particularly helpful. Upon completing the workshop, attendees will receive a certificate of participation. 

This workshop - the second of four NSF CAREER Club events planned for the spring semester - is free and open to University of Nebraska faculty. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

Direct questions regarding this workshop to Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, at or 402-472-2894. 

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