Ocean Science Communication 101

Ocean Science Communication 101

Tuesday March 26th – 1-4pm (EDT) – over Zoom

As we progress through the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the importance of effective communication is clear. The role of science in shaping our collective future can only be fulfilled when science is communicated effectively, such that it can inform policy, drive collaboration, and positively engage the public on the world’s multifaceted challenges.

Join science communication experts to explore principles of effective communication – emphasizing audience engagement and storytelling. We’ll combine explanations and examples with a variety of hands-on exercises that are easy to apply to a wide variety of communication formats. You’ll gain skills to convey complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences and learn about best practices for effective communication!

This three-hour long workshop will be tailored to ocean scientists who have little or no previous experience in science communication, and want to increase the impact of their research. Participants can expect gamified learning, discussions, rapid idea generation, idea sharing, and even some stand-up comedy.

We will share strategies to increase your skills with a focus on:
Setting Clear Goals: Explore types of goals, provide examples, and engage in defining communication objectives through interactive activities.
Knowing Your Audience: Define audience concepts, discuss diverse audiences and explore techniques for tailored communication. Emphasize the importance of adapting strategies based on the audience.
Sharing Your Story: Equip yourself with skills to tell your story and explore elements of compelling science stories through hands-on-activities

This workshop is being hosted by science communication experts from Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. It will be led by experienced facilitators to teach communication tools and co-create takeaways relevant to the projects you are working on right now.

In order to maximize benefits to the target audience of this workshop, interested participants should apply using the application form. Preference may be given to applicants who are early in their career or self-identify as member of an equity deserving group in ocean science. Other factors such as geographic and sectoral representation will also be considered in the selection process.

Apply now as spaces are limited!