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Bring Science to the Public at Phipps

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks graduate students and other professionals in all fields of science and engineering to participate in a program designed to help scientists communicate their research effectively with the public.  

Who can participate?

Graduate students or faculty engaged in scientific study, as well as professionals working in a science-related field. All fields of STEM are welcome!

What does the program entail?

  • Take part in a science communication workshop at Phipps. Facilitated by the research and science education department, this learning opportunity is designed to help you develop tools for communicating scientific concepts to the public.
  • Under current circumstances, the workshop will be offered in three virtual sessions that each focus on unique skills and background:
    • Part One: Jargon Management, Understanding Your Audience, Concise Messaging
    • Part Two: Concept Mapping, Storytelling, Interpretive Writing
    • Part Three: Strategies for Engaging the Public 

After completion of all three training sessions, participants will have the chance to engage members of the public at a Meet a Scientist event at Phipps once public programming resumes on site.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Work with informal education experts to develop your skills in communicating science to the public.
  • Network with colleagues from multiple disciplines who are equally committed to sharing their work with the public. 
  • Share your work with a diverse public audience at Phipps. 

The Virtual Science Communication Workshop Series will be offered twice for flexible scheduling:

Series 1: Aug. 10 – 12 | 1 – 3 p.m.
Series 2: Aug. 17 – 19 | 4 – 6 p.m.

Registration for the Science Communication Fellowship is $10 for each individual session or $25 for the full series. Please complete an application by Fri., Aug. 7 for Series 1 or by Fri., Aug. 14 for Series 2. Registrants will recieve a Zoom meeting link on the morning of the class. 

Register for Series 1

Register for Series 2

Questions? Contact Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, research and science education outreach manager, at mwheeler-dubas@phipps.conservatory.org or 412/622-6915, ext. 3220.