The Duke Initiative for Science & Society provides scientists and engineers at all levels with training to develop science communication skills and helps put those skills into action. Workshops range from one-hour to multi-day sessions, depending on your needs.
Funding is scarce. Anti-science rhetoric is on the rise. Public understanding of (and support for) science is shaped by myriad influences – many of them non-scientific. Policymakers often struggle to understand the relevance and impact of research that affects their constituents.
Yet, empirical data suggest that the public remains excited about science and technology, and values the societal contributions of scientists and engineers. It is clear that effective science communication both empowers citizens and benefits the careers of scientists and engineers.
The Duke Initiative for Science & Society provides scientists and engineers at all levels with training to develop science communication skills and put those skills into action. Workshops range from one-hour to multi-day sessions, depending on your needs.
We typically use a module-approach to customize workshops, based on the specific skills the audience seeks. Some of the modules/topics include:
Are you interested in something that is not listed above? Contact us using the form on the right to discuss it.
Many different stakeholders at your institution will benefit, including:
Everything we do requires active participation by workshop participants, followed by facilitator and peer feedback. We don’t lecture about communicating, we get participants to do it (in a fun, dynamic environment with rehearsal and supportive coaching).
This curriculum is time-tested and well-reviewed by its participants. You can read about past workshops and hear from participants here.
Workshops are run by Dr. Jory Weintraub, the Science Communication Program Director with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and a PhD scientist with over 20 years of experience in science communication, outreach and education. Many workshops are co-facilitated by Karl Bates, Director of Research Communications with Duke University’s Office of News & Communications and a science journalist with over 25 years of experience writing about science/technology and training scientists to communicate.
Training workshops and consultations range from a one-hour session to day-long or even multi-day training. It depends entirely on the needs of your department, program or institution. When you contact us, we will discuss your goals and work together to determine the format/length that would best serve you, based on the topics you would like to cover.
All hosts will be asked to do the following:
How do I find out more about Duke Science & Society Science Communication Training?
Complete this form. We will get back to you promptly to discuss your science communication training needs.