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.

Featured Event

Ethical Space: Indigenous Engagement for Environmental Science Professionals

Transform your relationships with Indigenous partners through the practice of Ethical Space, a powerful conceptual framework designed to support the reconciliation of Indigenous and western worldviews in order to co-create a just and vibrant future. 

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Modeling a New Culture of Science

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

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

Meet the 2023 Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science

Meet the 2023 Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science

COMPASS and Wilburforce Foundation are thrilled to announce the 2023 cohort of Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science! Chosen from an incredibly strong pool of applicants, these 20 wonderful humans share a spirit of generosity and a passion for contributing to...

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From Practice to Action on Capitol Hill

From Practice to Action on Capitol Hill

What’s the point of learning new skills without putting them into action? In early June, COMPASS led a policy engagement training in Washington, DC through a partnership with the ClimateWorks Foundation for scientists and experts in ocean carbon dioxide removal...

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