Science and Society

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Kavli SciComm Essentials

Expand your skills in public engagement and science communication through a suite of virtual offerings. From media training and data visualization to relationship building and inclusion, there is something for everyone .

These events are open to anyone affiliated with a Kavli Institute – graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are invited to join.

Stay tuned for the Spring 2024 Program: 

Webinars are virtual lectures with an opportunity for audience Q&A
Interactive Trainings are virtual sessions that will require active participation, discussion, and group work

Kavli SciComm Essentials Certificate

Through the Kavli SciComm Essentials Certificate program, The Kavli Foundation will honor the time and effort Kavli community members make when they participate in Kavli SciComm Essentials.

Eligibility for this Certificate will require participation at least six Kavli SciComm Essentials events and full details can be found here.

Kavli SciComm Essentials Certificate: Information and Requirements

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Dr. Jeanne Garbarino hosts the Kavli SciComm Essentials series. Dr. Garbarino is a leading public engagement with science expert. In her role as Executive Director of Science Outreach at RockEDU, she works with faculty at The Rockefeller University, including members of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute.

Kavli SciComm Essentials: 2023 Webinars

Social Media for Basic Scientists

Anyone who wants to enhance engagement with their science can use social media networks to achieve meaningful impacts. This session demonstrated, with real examples, how social media can be used to achieve a variety of objectives. Watch this recording to see how social media can help you accomplish your career objectives and you will leave with a customized action plan you can confidently deploy. Structured discussion addressed privacy issues, dealing with trolls, and other concerns commonly shared by scientists on social media. 

Correction to Connection 

The misrepresentation of scientific findings impacts the communities we live and work in. In this webinar, the Public Engagement Team at the American Physical Society provides an overview of effective, research-based techniques for addressing this. They focus on the importance of shifting our internal paradigms from “I need to correct wrong information” to “I need to build trust.”

From Intention to Impact

Ways to measure and evaluate strategic science engagement  

Quality science engagement doesn’t happen by accident. You have to plan for it, and then think about what success looks like for you and for those you are engaging. Too often, evaluation focuses only on the goals and outcomes, while ignoring the tactics and intentional design decisions that were made to create high quality science engagement.
The team of strategic planning and evaluation consultants at Catalyst Consulting believes this to be an oversight, and have been working to try to change this practice in collaboration with the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford’s Outreach and Engagement Manager.
This session shared strategies for how to document the key choices that communicators can make when designing science engagement and the difference science engagement can make for scientists and audiences alike. It featured lessons and insights from both the Outreach and Engagement Manager and consultant team about working to design and evaluate evolving engagement programs, and successful strategies to support this work.

How to Share Your Science Through Story


Do you want to learn how to share your science through story – to help your teaching, your science communication, and more?Are you interested in creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science? Watch this webinar with Dr. Edith Gonzalez of The Story Collider to learn the fundamentals of constructing and sharing compelling personal narratives about science, as well as the scientific theory behind what makes storytelling an effective mode of science communication.

How to Give a Good Talk


Do you want to learn how to give a better talk – to help your teaching, your science communication, and more?Are you interested in creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science? Watch this webinar with Thi Nguyen to learn how to identify your goals, audiences, core message, ‘so what?’ and distill your message. You will leave this workshop knowing how to clearly present your data, the art of good slide design, and how to better connect with your audience.

Insights into How People Learn

The Power of Personal Experience  

Do you want to better understand how people learn – to help your teaching, your science communication, and more? Are you interested in creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science? Watch this webinar with Eve Klein and Anna Johnson of Portal to the Public to explore how appreciating and integrating lived experience – yours and others – will improve your science communication and public engagement work.

Identifying Concrete Communication Goals to Increase Impact

The Power of Personal Experience  

Do you want to learn to maximize your impact when sharing your science by defining and executing clear public engagement goals? Experts Dr. John Besley, Dr. Anthony Dudo, and Sarah Garlick explore why science communication goals matter, and provide a defined process for identifying your personal goals and tools to apply them to your communication practice for the greatest impact. 

Modern Science Deserves Modern SciComm 

An Evidence-Based Approach to Sharing Your Science  

Over the last few years, we have seen mind-blowing innovations in the laboratory, field, and clinic. As science continues to modernize, so too should our communication.
In this webinar, Dr. Jeanne Garbarino discusses how the widespread traditional approach needs some renovation in order to respond to our modern times – it’s time to evolve from transactional to transformative! Watch to develop your evidence-based approach to public engagement and learn to apply modern techniques to create meaningful connections with audiences, ranging from grant reviewers to family members.

Connecting with Diverse Audiences 

An Overview of Culturally Relevant Science Communication  

Do you want to learn how to make connections about science with audiences from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences? This session explores how appreciating and integrating cultural context – yours and others’ – will improve your science communication and public engagement work. 
Join Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer in this webinar as she introduces culturally relevant science communication and explores how it can be a tool for connecting and engaging with diverse audiences in effective and inclusive ways.

Kavli SciComm Essentials Library

Want to learn more?

Find more information on these themes and more in our Kavli SciComm Essentials Library of webinars: find info on public engagement with science, science communication and more here!
The desire to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science often manifests as public engagement. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, we must ask: How do we know if our engagement efforts actually impact DEI in a positive way? Watch these sessions to learn more!
Are you looking for guidance on putting what you’ve learned into practice? These sessions will help you take action!

Kavli SciComm Essentials: Events from Prior Years

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Public Engagement with Science: Connections between Research and Practice

The desire to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science often manifests as public engagement. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, we must ask: How do we know if our engagement efforts actually impact DEI in a positive way?

Jeanne Garbarino moderated this captivating discussion that took a critical look at how public engagement does—and does not—uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion,  with Angela Calabrese BartonRick Crouse and Matthew Bothwell.


Building a Community: Mobilizing your Peers and Leveraging your Resources

This webinar explored how scientists build community by motivating their colleagues and capitalizing on existing resources to strengthen their science engagement.

Jeanne Garbarino moderated this discussion with Susan RenoeSusan Magsamen, and César Vargas.

Understanding People’s Relationship with Science:
A Conversation with Polling and Survey Experts

While polls have shown us that Americans maintain a positive view of both science and scientists, scientists express concern about eroding trust in science against the backdrop of issues like vaccines and climate change.

Here, we heard from Chris Volpe and Cary Funk, two experts who are working to understand the intersection of science and society at a national level. They shared trends and new data, provided insights on burning questions about people’s trust in science, and participated in a discussion on the incredible nuance around engaging our many publics in science, and how this information can help inform engagement strategies.

A Compassionate Scientist’s Toolkit

Are you curious about the role empathy plays in public engagement, science communication, and trust building? Join Dr. Reyhaneh Maktoufi as she combines personal experiences with evidence-based theory and provide insights on achieving success in your public engagement practice.

Sensemaking 101: Your Public Engagement Action Plan

Explore how we “package” information into stories and decisions as Liz Neeley guides the process of developing a tangible, personal action plan for your public engagement with science.

Media Interviews: Webinar and Discussion

Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ed Yong and Maddie Sofia, guest host of Science Friday and former host of NPR’s Short Wave, this webinar and discussion explored expectations and norms in science journalism. 
A recording of this captivating webinar is available to members of our Kavli Institute Community by request – please email

Exploring Americans’ Motivations for and Barriers to Engaging with Science 

Join ScienceCounts representatives Chris Volpe and Michelle Race, as well as study co-designer, Eve Klein for a conversation on the results of their year-long study to examine Americans’ appetite for science engagement, motivations for participating in science-related activities, and the barriers that stand in the way—especially among Black and Latinx communities.

Culturally Relevant SciComm: Webinar and Workshop 

This webinar introduced culturally relevant science communication and explore how it can be a tool for effective and inclusive communication and engagement. The deeper dive workshop explored principles and strategies of culturally relevant science communication that participants can apply to their own science communication—from giving a public lecture, to media interviews, to engaging non-expert publics with science.

Data Visualization 

Constructive group discussions fostered the creation of better figures and more effectively displayed data. Participants left this series with improved skills in data visualization grounded in design theory and current best practices. This series, presented by Liminal Creations, featured Francisco Guerrero and Maryam Zaringhalam