Help scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. We provide practical support for scientists to engage without compromising the accuracy of their science.
What makes this program unique?
- COMPASS was founded to support marine scientists in their efforts to communicate
- Expanded our scope beyond oceans, while creating new training programs and constantly expanding our networks
- COMPASS helps scientist build the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to effectively engage in the public discourse and decision-making about the environment.
- Group size: ~20
- Type: Hour-long message box training, half-day training, one or two day trainings, multi-day topical trainings, lectures or short seminars.
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We will help you dis2ll your message and explore the social context of your science, motivate you to articulate and work toward your goals for engaging with society, and help you navigate your own journey as you incorporate “engagement” into your career.
Scientists from a range of career stages (from graduate students to senior faculty and other professionals) and institutions (academia, government, non-profits, and industry)
Number of Trainees / Year
Thousands since 2000
Trainers and Facilitators
- Nancy Baron (Director of Science Outreach)
- Erica Goldman (Director of Policy Engagement)
- Heather Reiff (Trainings and Communications Manager)
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- One-on-One support for scientists engaging with journalists, policymakers and other non-scientific audiences.
- Provide opportunities to connect with COMPASS’ large network and deep relationship with scientist, journalists, and government offices.
Books & Collateral
- Baron, N. (2010). Escape from the ivory tower: a guide to making your science matter. Island Press.