Rarely has the need for effective and influential communication about science been more important than it is today.
Politicians and political interests are redefining and reinterpreting science—with great persistence and impact. The public is routinely asked to make decisions about matters informed by science. The news media is endeavoring to share increasingly complex stories about science with the public. The majority of the public still respect scientists and value science, but they often find it challenging to discern who and what is legitimate.
Simply adding to the noise will not provide individuals with the understanding they need to inform their deliberations and decisions. Scientists must become more skilled at communicating in impactful ways.
As called for by many sources, the time for business as usual has passed. There is a real and immediate need for scientists to become effective and engaged communicators.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is responding to this need by offering scientists a professional development opportunity. The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on our highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The program meets the needs of everyone from graduate students to senior researchers and program administrators.
AIBS is the scientific organization that promotes the use of science to inform decision-making that advances biology for the benefit of science and society.
AIBS has a long and successful track record of engaging, informing, and influencing the public and science policy decision-makers. Our audiences include members of Congress, federal agency heads and program managers, state officials, and university administrators. In addition to working directly with these groups, we routinely engage the public through traditional and digital media.
Our staff members have used their decades of science policy and communications experience to develop training materials and resources that provide scientists with the skills needed to successfully communicate about their research with decision-makers and reporters. To date, AIBS has trained more than 1,300 scientists.
AIBS Communications Boot Camp
The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on training program in Washington, DC.
Participants will learn:
Location: AIBS Washington, DC, Offices, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005
Cost: The registration fee covers instruction, materials and resources, breakfast and lunch during the program, and a reception on . Transportation and lodging are not included, but AIBS can offer recommendations about lodging options.
Register now: https://www.aibs.org/public-
We look forward to seeing you in October!
Robert Gropp, Ph.D.