FAQs for DC Workshop

Q. What makes a COMPASS training unique?

A. We teach you to distill your message and explore the social context of your science; motivate you to articulate and work toward your goals for engaging with society; and help you navigate your engagement journey.

Q. Who could benefit from this workshop?

A. This workshop is designed for scientists with some experience in communicating their work who would like to hone their skills. Our materials focus on research science examples, and most participants are professional researchers or scientists. However, this workshop is open to any scientist, researcher, or science communication professional who wants to learn more about effectively communicating with policy and media audiences.


Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A. Registration fees are refundable, minus a $50 processing charge, until May 23rd. After May 23rd we are unable to offer refunds. Refunds will be processed within 2-3 business days. Contact us at trainings@compassscicomm.org if you need a refund.


Q. Where can I stay if I'm traveling from outside of DC?

A. There are many lodging options near the Optical Society, including: 


Q. How do I get to the Optical Society?

A. The Optical Society is located at 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Public transit or a rideshare is highly recommended. The Optical Society is a 2-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro Station. 

Q. Where can I park?

A. If you choose to drive, there are several parking garages near Dupont Circle; Colonial Parking at 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 is a 4-minute walk from the Optical Society building. 


Q. Will there be other dates or opportunities to join a COMPASS workshop?

A. Yes, our aim is to offer more workshops based on need and interest! Sign up here to be added to our mailing list to learn of new cities and dates as they become available.


Q. Do you provide certificates of completion? I need one in order to get reimbursed by my organization.

A. Yes, we do! Please email trainings@compassscicomm.org to receive a certificate of completion.


Q. What does it mean to be waitlisted?

A. We create a waitlist for workshops that are already full so we can offer spots if and when they become available. The cap for our waitlist is 10 people. If there is a cancellation and a spot becomes available, we will open up registration for the first person on the waitlist and then work our way down the list if other spots become available. We will contact you directly to let you know if a spot has opened for you.

Because of high demand, it’s very unlikely that we can accommodate every waitlisted person for any given workshop. We offer spots to waitlisted persons in the order they were placed on the waitlist. In order to be fair to other waitlisted participants, we cannot move you up the list or accommodate you if you show up to our training space on the day of the workshop—even if there are last minute cancellations. If you have been waitlisted and want to know what number you are on the list, please email trainings@compassscicomm.org.

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