Scientists can be powerful agents
of change

We Believe

Science is essential to solving society’s greatest challenges.

What We Do

Prepare Science Leaders

We create inclusive spaces where scientists can learn new skills, make long-lasting connections, and explore how they want to have an impact. Learn more about leadership development with COMPASS.


In-depth, highly interactive, and personalized science communication, policy, and strategy trainings will teach you to find the relevance of your science for key audiences, set your goals for change, and motivate and inspire you to reach them.

Leadership Programs

Leadership programs provide structure and space for you to experience transformational growth and develop lifelong relationships.

Coaching & Strategic Support

Respond to emergent opportunities, refine your skills, and collaborate on strategy with experienced communicators and media and policy experts.

It was like getting out of my science cocoon and starting to explore what I was meant to do. I was given the space to step back and really analyze why I’m doing what I’m doing.

~ Bray Beltrán, Science Director​, Heart of the Rockies Initiative

What We Do

Support Leaders in Action

We don’t just help scientists find their voice – we help them use it. We work within and across a consciously-woven network spanning disciplines, ideologies, sectors, and fields. From our unique vantage point, we spot and open doors that lead to new partnerships and solutions, bringing scientists and communities together to co-create the future. Learn about our collaborations and the solutions that grow from them.

Develop Strategies For Engagement

We build the capacity of scientists to engage around topics they care about and develop communication frames and strategies for individual and collective action.

Convene People When & Where It Matters

We convene scientists with members of the community to create a systems-wide view of a problem and create a range of possible solutions.

Synthesize Science

We evaluate the current state of science, research, and practice in partnership with the scientists doing the work, and share it in accessible and understandable ways with the people who need it.

Create a Community of Support

We connect scientists across disciplines and fields and engage with the broader science communication field, so they can learn from one another and amplify each other’s work.

Modeling a New Culture of Science

The challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change demand solutions that are equitable, inclusive, and just.

Our Latest

Announcements, perspectives, tools and stories from the COMPASS community. View all posts.

Truth, Science, and Democracy

Truth, Science, and Democracy

Science is a way of understanding the world that relies on observation, evidence, and reasoning, and the honest analysis of facts and data. As science communicators, we are responsible for sharing what we know truthfully. The truth of what happened in the U.S.A. this...

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Living Our Values in 2020

Living Our Values in 2020

Our values shape how we make decisions and show up in the world. But identifying core values and sharing them on a website is one thing; living them is another. This year has been a test of our values, and the resilience of our organization itself. And I’m proud of...

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You Can Do This: An Interview with Shanice Bailey

You Can Do This: An Interview with Shanice Bailey

Shanice Bailey is a third-year graduate student at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the Ocean Transport Group, where she studies Antarctic bottom water, the deepest and oldest water mass in the world. Shanice also is collaborating with others...

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