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 1: Jargon Management, Understanding Your Audience, Concise Messaging
    • Part 2: Concept Mapping, Storytelling, Interpretive Writing
    • Part 3: 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. 

Registrants are welcome to sign up for one or all sessions. Registration for the full workshop is $25; or each individual session is $10.  

Part 1: March 11 | 1 – 3 p.m. EST
Part 2: March 12 | 1 – 3 p.m. EST
Part 3: March 13 | 1 – 3 p.m. EST 

Please complete an application by Fri., March 8 for all or individual sessions. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link on the morning of the class. 


Questions? Want to be on the email for future workshops? Contact Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, research and science education outreach manager, at mwheeler-dubas@phipps.conservatory.org.