Alan Alda Center to lead Communicating Science Workshop, May 14-15

The UO’s Science Literacy Program and STEM CORE are partnering to offer a free, two-day workshop on Communicating Science facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. The May 14-15 workshop is open to UO faculty members.

To apply, visit the Science Literacy website. Applications are due by April 1, 2015.

The workshop will provide attendees with training and communication tools to engage public audiences. In addition to media training, the sessions will feature improvisation instruction intended to provide scientists with the skills to talk freely, directly, and spontaneously about their work. An additional focus of the workshop is on distilling science messages.

Some additional goals of the training include:

  • Learning to speak clearly and vividly about areas of expertise and explaining why it matters, in terms that non-scientists can understand
  • Using communications techniques and science literacy concepts to reach and mobilize the community and key stakeholders on science issues related to research, outreach, or education objectives
  • Gaining a better understanding of target audiences and the ability to adapt materials for a variety of audiences
  • Preparing for a media interview, including shaping clear, crisp answers, fielding difficult questions, and reinforcing fundamental messages

Participants must be willing to:

  • Stay for the entire workshop.
  • Participate in follow-up evaluation during the academic year after attending.
  • Use one or more of the instructional materials developed at the institute in teaching during the academic year after attending.

UO faculty members are also invited to nominate graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Nominations may be sent to