Sharing Science Workshop

Coming Saturday February 23rd 2019, the Science Policy Initiative will be hosting a Sharing Science Workshop in partnership with the American Geophysical Union. We are extremely thankful to the National Science Policy Network for their grant support, as announced here, as well as the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values who have aided us in sponsoring this event.

About the Workshop

This day long interactive workshops will cover best practices in science communication such as:

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  • Identifying your audience
  • Reducing/eliminating jargon
  • Crafting an elevator pitch
  • The value, and mechanics, of storytelling
  • Drafting your message
  • Practice through role playing

The workshop is offered FREE for all interested students, postdocs, and faculty at Notre Dame AND students, researchers, and scientists affiliated with regional universities or non-university research institutes. Space will be limited to 40 attendees and light refreshments plus a lunch will be provided. Students at Notre Dame will be eligible to receive 1 pass/fail credit for the workshop through the College of Science and meets the science communication module requirements under the GLOBES program.

A tentative agenda for the event can be found here. To express your interest in the workshop, please complete the form linked here. We will message you when sign-ups formally open up for the program. Unfortunately, we are not at this time able to cover travel expenses for attendees. However, the Science Policy Initiative will be organizing home stays the night prior for attendees travelling into the workshop if this would help ensure your participation.

Testimonials for the workshop may be found here.

Workshop Organizers

Through the Sharing Science program of the American Geophysical Union, we will be hosting two Washington D.C. natives to lead the day’s agenda and share their expertise through engaging activities.

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Olivia V. Ambrogio is the manager of the Sharing Science program at AGU, where she does her best to help other scientists connect with wider audiences. She is a biologist by training who got her Ph.D. studying the sex lives of marine snails. In spite of the surprising allure of this research, she eventually shifted into the field of science communication. In her spare time she writes and takes nature photos, often frustrating her partner and friends (who just wanted to take a walk) by crouching on the ground to photograph an insect. She is currently a producer on the science podcast Third Pod from the Sun.

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Carissa Bunge is a Senior Public Affairs Specialist at the American Geophysical Union, where she works to engage scientists in the policy making process as well as advocate for science issues on the Hill and with the Administration. Carissa has worked in a variety of positions focusing on science communication, outreach, and policy such as interning for Tom Skilling at WGN-TV, the National Weather Service forecasting office in Romeoville, IL, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Carissa has a degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Following the Workshop

A primary goal of the workshop is for you to walk away with concrete plans to organize your own event, or an event with peers from the workshop or lab, to connect with your local community or government representatives. We aim to encourage participants to contribute to their own science communication story and impact policy with skills gained from the workshop.

To supplement this, we encourage you to sign-up as a speaker for the South Bend’s Science Cafe. Reach out to us at to learn more and how to reserve a presentation slot. We also have developed local contacts with city and state level government representatives. If you would like to communicate your work with government representatives, reach out to us as we’d be happy to support you in scheduling these meetings.