Laying the Foundation for Effective Science Communication

This full-day COMPASS science communication workshop will help you share what you do, what you know, and why it matters. Grounded in the latest research on science communication, this in-depth, interactive, and personalized workshop will empower you to find the relevance of your science for the audiences you most want to reach: journalists, policymakers, the public, leaders within your community, or scientists outside your field.


This is not your standard science communication training—it's not about pitching your science or delivering talking points. You have a change you want your science to make in the world. We can help you communicate effectively so that you can achieve your goal. 


Amy Mathews Amos, COMPASS Science Communication Coach, will lead this workshop, joined by high-profile journalists and policymakers. These experts are present to help introduce you to their world, ask and answer questions, and provide social context and feedback.


The workshop will begin with an overview of the fundamentals of science communication and how, when, and why to engage with different audiences. You’ll meet the journalist and policy experts, and learn about the culture and constraints of their fields and what that means for your engagement with their colleagues.


We’ll delve into the COMPASS Message Box, a simple but powerful tool to help you distill what you know and why it matters for your particular audience. You’ll workshop your Message Box in small groups with the experts and fellow participants, and then revise your Message Box and have another round of practice. Next, you’ll put your communication skills to the test through mock interviews and situations with the experts. 


You will leave this workshop with practical science communication skills and the confidence to use them, ready to jump in and share your passion and your science with your community. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The Optical Society

2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Registration includes seven hours of training, a copy of Escape from the Ivory Tower, a hard copy of the Message Box Workbook, a notebook, tote bag, a networking lunch, and snacks, coffee & tea throughout the day.


Registration: $975

Deadline Extended! May 31st, 2019 by 5 PM ET

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available until May 20th, minus a $50 cancellation fee charge. 

Check out the FAQs here. If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Seating is limited to the first 20 participants who register, to maximize practice and interaction with experts and peers. Registration closes May 23 to allow us enough time to customize your workshop experience.

This is not just another communication training.


COMPASS brings tools and techniques, but also the opportunity for intensive practice with nationally known journalists. And scientists trust COMPASS: their staff were trained as scientists, so they have an understanding of our perspective and experience.


Because they know the science, they never asked us to change our message, but helped us translate it for different audiences.

Dr. Diana Wall

Colorado State University

It was a big eye opener hearing from the journalists that my passion for the topic is a part of the story. I've always thought that my science should be kept separate from me as a person.


So one of the most valuable things for me from the training is realizing we can't be afraid to be an individual, even if we represent an agency.

Dr. Libby Jewett

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

Four well-known, leading reporters accompanied COMPASS and helped with the workshop. These leading journalists discussed how the media is changing and the importance of communicating science to the public and to policymakers.


They shared their personal perspectives on what makes a good science story and how to get our stories told.

Dr. John Reganold

Washington State University

I’ve been engaging with external audiences about my research on controversial forest management issues for nearly 40 years, but this was the best opportunity I’ve had to participate in a critical evaluation of the whole communication process with a group of research peers and media experts…


Simply hearing what a ‘day in the life of a journalist’ is like will change the way I react to the next email or phone request for an interview.

Dr. Tom Veblen

University of Colorado, Boulder

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