We support scientists in improving their communication and outreach.
We offer workshops in communication skills at professional meetings and labs, and assistance in preparing accessible materials for non-scientists. Below you can find examples of some of the work we’ve done.
In February 2013, Director Susan Hassol went to Washington DC for Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill, where she addressed scientists on communicating climate change to their representatives.
In December 2013, Susan, Science Director Richard Somerville, and photographer James Balog of Chasing Ice conducted a panel on communicating climate change at the fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
In May 2012, Susan traveled to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and met with scientists there, giving a lecture, leading a roundtable with communications staff, and leading a workshop on communications. She also gave a target=”_blank”>talk at the University of Arizona in March 2012, as the plenary speaker for the U of A’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences’ EarthWeek 2012.
In April 2012, Susan, along with Aaron Huertas of the Union of Concerned Scientists, led a webinar on “Bridging the Gap in Public Understanding of Climate Change: What Can Scientists Do?” to an audience of several hundred scientists nation-wide.
In January 2012, Susan spoke via videoconference to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration workshop in Maryland focusing on science communication. The workshop was conducted by NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Susan and Richard have led several workshops on climate science communication at the annual meeting of AGU — one in December 2011, the other in 2010 (see photo above taken at the 2010 meeting). They also led workshops for the Climate Science Rapid Response Team. Susan and Richard both gave invited talks at AGU in 2011 (you can watch one of Susan’s talks here and Richard’s here).
In November 2011, Susan gave an invited seminar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on “Improving Scientists’ Communication of Climate Change” sponsored by Women Organizing Research and Leading Science.
Susan and Richard led climate communication workshops at NASA Langley in November 2011, and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in March 2011. Susan and Richard both acted as mentors for early career PhD scientists during the week-long DISCCRS VI Seminar (Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research) in October 2011.
Susan gave a talk at the 2009 AGU meeting called “Communicating With Congress (and Everyone Else)”. This visual mural was created during her talk by Julie Stuart of Making Ideas Visible. The mural was posted in the lobby of the Moscone Center throughout the AGU conference.
Susan was the Senior Science Writer on the 2009 report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, commissioned by the United States Government during the George W. Bush administration. She is currently working in this position again on the next National Climate Assessment, due to be released in 2013.
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