Science Communication and Technical Writing

Where: Online
November 5 - 9, 2018


Effective science communication is vitally important for the success of National Park Service resource management and research. During this three-day webinar, workshop participants will learn how to communicate about science more effectively with diverse audiences. The focus is to improve the effectiveness of participants’ ability to communicate complex scientific information to NPS managers and other non-specialists in writing, and to the public using a variety of media. Learners will examine techniques for presenting information in ways that make it meaningful and easier for audiences to comprehend. They will explore how to organize and synthesize information so that it flows logically and smoothly. Learners will review basic technical writing practices and guidelines. The divide between the objective nature of doing science and the subjective nature of communicating science concepts, as described in Randy Olson’s book Don’t Be Such a Scientist, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Improve effectiveness of science and technical communication for diverse audiences through the use of a variety of media
  • Introduce new techniques for presenting information to make it more interesting and easier for audiences to comprehend
  • Identify ways to organize and synthesize information so it flows logically and smoothly
  • Identify appropriate methods and media to communicate information based on the audience and type of content
  • Review basic technical writing and communication techniques and guidelines


Class time:

7:00 am to 1:30 pm Pacific
8:00 am to 2:30 pm Mountain
9:00 am to 3:30 pm Central
10:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern

Webinars will take place on November 5, 7, and 9 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - to allow participants time for practice writing on Tuesday and Thursday.

You MUST be able to attend the complete session on each of the three days.

Registration Deadline

October 21, 2018

Due to the transition to a new learning system, applicants must apply on-line through a Google form and have their supervisor send an email to approve their participation.

All applicants will be placed on the waiting list once approved by their supervisor, and selections will be made once all applications have been received. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than October 25.

This class is limited to 20 participants. This is the final time this class will be offered in 2018.

Target Audience

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

View the class announcement for more information.

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