Resources Beyond Brown

Trainings and workshops for improving science communication skills are offered by a wide range of science institutes, centers, and foundations. Some of the most well-known are described below.  

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting

University of Rhode Island 

 "Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is a national leader in providing science training for journalists...The mission of Metcalf Institute is to promote clear and accurate reporting of scientific news and environmental issues; to strengthen understanding and working relationships between members of the scientific community and members of the news media; and to provide opportunities for journalists to improve their skills in covering science-based topics."1 

"Science: Becoming the Messenger" Workshops

National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program 

"Featuring three accomplished communicators and trainers - Emmy award winning television producer Joe Schreiber, former PBS executive Dan Agan, and science blogger and author Chris Mooney - the workshop provides one-stop shopping for those seeking to reach a broader public about their work.

Over the course of the first day of training, participants learn how to craft their message and deliver it to a variety of audiences. They also have the opportunity to experience live interview training, to develop writing and new media skills, to hone their public presentations, and even to produce video."2

For more information and sample agendas, visit the NSF's Events page. 

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Stony Brook University

"The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science (AACCS) works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline."3


"COMPASS is dedicated to helping scientists connect themselves and their science to the wider world. By giving scientists the communication tools they need, and by bridging the worlds of science, journalism and policy, COMPASS works to ensure that science is better understood and used by society."4

The Science of Science Communication

Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences 

"This colloquium was held in Washington, D.C. May 21-22, 2012. The meeting surveyed the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on research in psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and related fields on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, technology, and medicine with five distinct goals: 

  • To improve understanding of relations between the scientific community and the public
  • To assess the scientific basis for effective communication about science
  • To strengthen ties among and between communication scientists
  • To promote greater integration of the disciplines and approaches pertaining to effective communication
  • To foster an institutional commitment to evidence-based communication science"5 

The National Academy of Sciences' The Science of Science Communication II colloquium was held in Washington, D.C., in September 2013. Videos from this colloquium are available here