Science Communication Workshop for Natural Resource Professionals (Condensed)


This two-day workshop, presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, provides practical and hands-on instruction on communicating effectively about science with people outside science fields. These outside groups include the general public, policy makers, the media, students, potential funding sources and prospective collaborators in other disciplines.

Through discussion and practice, the workshop will focus on fundamentals skills: knowing and connecting with your audience, speaking clearly and conversationally about your work, and why communicating effectively matters. Participants will practice applying these skills productively in challenging settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how to connect more directly and spontaneously with different audiences by investigating body language, listening with more awareness and responding with greater sensitivity
  • Understand how to speak clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters, in terms a non-scientist can understand
  • Practice media interview skills
  • Practice connecting with different kinds of audiences and speaking in ways that resonate with them, at appropriate levels of complexity


This course is part of the Speaking for the Resource module of the Career Academy for Natural Resources.

Target Audience

Employees in natural resources, natural resource scientists and science communication specialists

Course Format

Instructor led; 16 hours

Course Dates

There are no upcoming sessions of this course scheduled at this time.



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