“Preparing science communicators with skills to engage others across the science discovery ecosystem – from bench to bedside to the community or colleagues you need to reach”

Becoming a Scientist in Society

1. Inclusive Science Communication Workshop

  • Center equity in ways that are attentive to historical practices and identities
  • Become more aware of positionality, biases and assumptions we hold
  • Name sources of inequity that arise from unequal power relations
  • Add perspectives historically missing from scientific knowledge production
  • Centering the lived experience and concerns of marginalized communities

2. Dialogue Skills Training

  • Engage with others who hold beliefs that may differ from your own
  • Create open-minded exchange of ideas and beliefs on science issues
  • Listen to better understand the hopes and concerns of others
  • Center voices of historically-marginalized individuals
  • Build mutual understanding, curiosity and humility

3. Public Deliberation Skills Training

  • Reach decisions and take action on science issues
  • Discuss science information while considering the consequences and trade-offs necessary to make personal and communal choices.
  • Gather public concerns “from the community for the community”
  • Consider the relevance and value of scientific findings

4. Stakeholder and Community Engagement Training

  • Engage patients, community leaders/organization, health care providers as stakeholders
  • Reduce polarization around divisive science issues
  • Clarify potential harms and benefits of research to individuals and communities
  • Develop community outreach to recruit stakeholders for basic research

5. Laboratory Research Scientist Communication Training

  • Communicate with your patient community and other stakeholders as team members
  • Competitive grant writing for broadly-engaged team science
  • Support multi-stakeholder collaborative work
  • Making your science and scientists into the community