The Science Communication Fellowship program trains future scientific leaders to engage with journalists and the public about rapidly evolving research associated with safer materials and a healthy future (green chemistry/engineering and environmental health sciences).
Each year, up to 10 outstanding researchers from fields of green chemistry/engineering 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.
Now, more than ever, it is important that scientists help the public value science and its role in shaping our future.
The Fellowship is for early-career scientists (post doctoral researchers, recent assistant/associate professors…) seeking to communicate effectively about complex science, without “dumbing it down”, so that it may have more value and impact.
Over the course of a year, fellows work with media professionals and coaches to practice presenting and being interviewed about research each month. By the end, fellows are excellent at serving as science experts for journalists, presenting research to a variety of non-science audiences, and speaking through a variety of media.
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.
Advancing Green Chemistry is proud to collaborate with the Science Communication Network, a non-profit dedicated to helping scientists interact with the media.