ESA Member Opportunity: Attend the ESA Southeastern Chapter Communicating Science Workshop

ESA Member Opportunity

Attend the ESA Southeastern Chapter in Partnership with NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Communicating Science Workshop

**Travel Awards of up to $200.00 will be given to each attendee as a supplement for travel costs.**

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 February 3, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

(The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis is centrally located on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus in the Philander P. Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Boulevard.)

Attend and hone your science communication skills. Learn how to effectively communicate your science to Members of Congress and the public.

ESA Communicating Science Workshop


The ESA Communicating Science workshop is designed to address the needs of ecologists to communicate scientific information in a variety of public and professional interactions. This workshop will build participants confidence and skill set for public engagement with media, Congress, and other audiences. It also provides a professional development opportunity to develop broader impact skills.

Participants receive these benefits:

  • Up to a $200.00 travel award ($200.00 overnight award for those traveling more than 60 miles or a $100.00 commuter travel award for those who traveling between 45-60 miles from Knoxville)
  • A certificate of completion

Read the blog from an ESA member who attended a previous communication training workshop, “Member’s Perspective: Standing Up for Science Funding on Capitol Hill.”


This workshop provides the basics of science communication and public engagement with policymakers by using multiple workshop segments with training presentations followed by small group work and practice.

Participants will learn:

  • Communication Basics
  • How to interact with Congress

Upon completion, participants will gain these skills and be enabled to complete these actions:

  • Describe their science to a non-technical audience
  • Identify a few highlights of their science to share
  • Tailor their message for various audiences
  • Use plain language to communicate science


The ESA Communicating Science workshop funding is provided by Wiley Publications and distributed by the ESA Governing Board. We are pleased to offer this workshop at no cost to participants and additionally provide travel awards for members.

The ESA Southeastern Chapter and NIMBioS are co-partners in hosting this workshop.


Space is limited, and participants must be able to attend the entire training. Participants must be an ESA member. Preference will be given to those who in addition to being as ESA member are also members of the ESA Southeastern Chapter. Other ESA members may attend if space is available on a first come, first served basis. Upon completion of the workshop, participants are asked to visit their Member of Congress in their state or district. All participants must agree to adhere to the ESA Code of Conduct during the event.


Contact ESA Director of Public Affairs Alison Mize for more information.

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