Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program Cohort Announced

Contact: Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director,


COMPASS is pleased to announce the selection of fifteen inspiring and accomplished scientists for the Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement & Leadership Program, which will begin this coming May.

The goal of this new program is to build a network of empowered, mutually supportive leaders who are working to advance the role of science in society, inspire their peers, and support evidence-based decision making at the local level and beyond.

“We are incredibly excited to work with such a stellar group of scientists who have already demonstrated leadership in communicating science, working with their communities, and engaging with decision makers. The application process was very competitive, and the volume and caliber of the applicants speaks to the need for this kind of training and support. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this program,” said Dr. Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director.

The selected participants come from a wide variety of institutions, backgrounds, and expertise, and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments both in science and in public engagement. Full bios for the group can be viewed on the COMPASS website.

“We purposefully selected a cohort that encompasses a diverse blend of perspectives, fields of study, backgrounds, and career stages, because we know how powerful and motivational these networks can be. Designing a program that supports scientists to keep connecting beyond the initial training leads to amazing collaborations and real change. We’re excited to see what this group will accomplish,” Dr. Stanley continued.

The Scientist Sentinels program, which includes a three-day in-person science communication, policy engagement, and leadership retreat, as well as peer and individual coaching and webinars over the six months following, is designed to provide participants with the skills, tools, and knowledge that they need to reach their communication and civic engagement goals. The retreat will be led by Dr. Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director, Pamela Chiang of Chiange, Inc., and Joanna Nadeau of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

COMPASS empowers scientists to engage effectively with society, leading to a more productive public discourse about people and the environment. Since 1999, COMPASS has trained thousands of scientists to be more effective communicators, and brokered hundreds of relationships for scientists with journalists, decision makers, and others. We believe that when scientific knowledge and insights are at the table, emerging solutions will be more robust, and benefit both society and environment.

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