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SciComm Training Network: Status Update & Invitation

By Dr. Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director, and Dr. Laura Lindenfeld, Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science


Earlier this year, we shared an update from the SciComm Training Summit, an event that launched the formation of a network of science communication professionals seeking to build an inclusive community of practice and advance science communication training.


When you’re trying to create something that will stand the test of time, you need both a vision and a blueprint. Conversations at the 2018 Summit clarified a vision for what this SciComm Training Network could be. Building on what was generated by the 52 generous people representing 37 organizations who attended the 2018 Summit, we’ve spent the past six months working on a blueprint for how to get there—soliciting initial input from sixteen representative members of the network to draft a Network charter and lay out a Network formation plan. We’ve been fortunate throughout this process to have the wisdom and guidance of the Converge team, who bring deep understanding of what makes networks work, and have facilitated and supported the creation of many strong, impactful networks.


We’re now gearing up for another Summit on October 14-15 and rolling up our sleeves to shape this Network into what we want and need it to be. We know that many people will be interested, and have great perspectives to share, but we need to cap attendance at this event at 35 people. We want to make sure that the group at the event is representative and inclusive, and that many perspectives are present for the discussions. To that end, we will use an application process to determine attendance. If you’d like to attend this event, we invite you to apply here.


Applications will be accepted and invitations issued on a rolling basis until we run out of room, but we encourage you to apply by August 5th, when selection will begin. Please also share the application with others that you think would be valuable to include at this early stage of building the network! We’ll be in touch with everyone who applies by August 21st.


At the 2019 Summit, which is again being supported by the Kavli Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), we will share the Network formation plan and charter for discussion, revision, and ratification. An initial Core Team will also be elected for a year of service to continue to push this work forward. After the Summit, we will circulate a summary report to capture discussions and decisions and lay out the path forward, and will continue to engage the broader community in ongoing discussions about how this Network forms and grows.

There will be many opportunities beyond this Summit to be involved in creating and shaping this community of practice for scicomm training. If you are a science communication trainer, researcher, or practitioner, we encourage you to join the Network mailing list to be kept in the loop!

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