Strategic Science Communication with Dr. John C. Besley

To register for this event you need to login to the COMPASS Network platform. If you’re not a Network member yet, you can learn more and request to join here. The COMPASS Network has no membership fees and all alumni are welcome.

We’re excited to host a discussion with science communication researcher Dr. John Besley on Wednesday, January 25 about his latest book with his colleague (and COMPASS Board Member) Dr. Anthony Dudo, Strategic Science Communication: A Guide to Setting the Right Objectives for More Effective Public Engagement!

John and Anthony’s book is an important addition to the field of science communication practice. Making evidence-based, strategic communication choices is an integral practice for anyone interested in communicating science to help make a difference in the world. Yet John and Anthony’s research shows that many science professionals start with a limited perspective about the strategic choices available to them which may hinder their ability to achieve their communication goals. Specifically, their book aims to expand science professionals’ understanding of the role of objectives — the beliefs, feelings, and frames that may affect their audience’s behavior (e.g.beliefs about the natural world, self-efficacy beliefs, or beliefs about the communicator’s trustworthiness).

Join us for a conversation with John about the range of objectives discussed in the book, how social science research can help us make informed choices, and how he and Anthony hope the insights from this book will be put into practice. While we highly recommend reading the book, you do not need to have read it to participate in the conversation. COMPASS staff will provide light facilitation and start the conversation, but we’re also looking forward to hearing John’s responses to yourquestions!

Come learn about John’s research, ask questions, and share your thoughts and experience with the group!


About the Author

Dr. Besley studies public opinion about science and scientists’ opinions about the public. His goal is to help science communicators be more effective by helping them consider evidence-based and strategic communication choices. He also does research aimed at understanding how peoples’ views about decision-makers and decision processes (i.e., trustworthiness and fairness beliefs) affect their overall perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. Read more >


Learn more about John and Anthony’s work


Price: Free


FAQs – COMPASS Network

Who is the COMPASS Network for?

The COMPASS Network is open to anyone—at any career stage and in any profession—who has attended a COMPASS event and who would like further their science communication goals by joining a community of support and ongoing learning.

Does joining the COMPASS Network have a cost?

No! We will never charge admission to join the COMPASS Network. Some events open to Network members may have associated costs to attend, but we do not charge a fee to be a member of the COMPASS Network.

I’ve only been to one COMPASS training ever. Is the COMPASS Network for me?

Yes! The COMPASS Network is open to anyone who has attended a COMPASS event—whether a workshop, roundtable, or something else—and who would like to become part of a community of people committed to ongoing learning and working together to build a future where people and nature both thrive.

Can I join the COMPASS Network if I’ve never participated in a COMPASS event or workshop?

A core aspect of the COMPASS Network is a commitment to ongoing learning and growth in a community of support with shared values. Attending a COMPASS event (whether it’s participating in a full workshop or listening to a free panel) is a requirement so that you can learn more about our approach and values, and see whether this community is one you want to be part of. After registering for and attending a COMPASS event, you’ll be invited to join the Network (but don’t worry, we won’t add you without your consent)!

How do I join the COMPASS Network?

After you’ve attended an event, you’ll receive an email with an invitation to join the COMPASS Network. Once you opt in, you’ll receive a link to create login credentials to the COMPASS Network’s online community. If you’ve attended an event in the past, you can request to join here.

Still have questions?

Contact us at and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Related Events