Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals


Target Audience: 

Scientists and engineers who wish to develop their public engagement and science communication skills, enabling them to establish meaningful dialogue with diverse audiences.  

Summary and Objectives: 

The introductory-level, Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals module introduces scientists and engineers to the latest science communication research and basic best practices for engaging with the public. Participants use the AAAS Framework for Public Engagement to develop individual plans that include a public engagement goal and address ways to engage a relevant audience with tailored messages. Participants also brainstorm an engagement scenario and identify next steps to put their plans into action. This workshop is designed for scientists and engineers who don't have much experience with public engagement, although experienced engagers may find it useful.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:  

  • Assess how the American public views  climate change climate change
    Climate change includes both global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on Earth's climate system and caused change on a global scale.

    Learn more about climate change
     science and solutions. 
  • Develop an individual goal for engaging the public on the topics of climate change and responses. 
  • Identify a target audience and consider how climate change impacts and responses align with the audience's concerns and interests. 
  • Draft key messages that will resonate with their audience. 
  • Plan for solutions-oriented engagement scenarios. 
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Training Tuition Cost
1.0 hour
Training Credit Hours
Semester Hours

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