The Science Communication Fellowship program trains future scientific leaders to engage with journalists and the public about rapidly evolving research associated with green chemistry and environmental health sciences.
The Fellowship is for early-career scientists seeking to communicate effectively about complex science, without “dumbing it down”, so that it may have more value and impact.
Now, more than ever, it is important that scientists help the public value science and its role in shaping our future.
Over the course of a year, fellows work with media professionals and coaches to practice presenting, writing, talking and being interviewed about research. By the end, fellows are excellent at serving as science experts for journalists, presenting research to a variety of non-science audiences, and writing and speaking through a variety of media.
Each year, up to 10 outstanding researchers from fields of green chemistry and the environmental health sciences serve as Fellows. They bring with them a wide range of experiences and intimate understanding of diverse disciplines. During the year-long program, they develop the essential skills to convey in plain and engaging language important research findings. In the process, the Fellows gain a wider world view and make important connections with one another and with new scientific ideas.
Communication skills learned help not only advance the science, but the scientist. The program encourages fellows to explore their personal goals and provides opportunities to work with a coach to develop the necessary leadership skills to advance their careers.
The program was initiated in 2007 by Environmental Health Sciences – publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate – and Science Communication Network, a non-profit dedicated to helping scientists interact with the media. After a five year hiatus, Advancing Green Chemistry is re-launching an updated fellows program. Environmental Health Sciences and the Science Communication Network remain as lead collaborators for the program.