Science and Society

For science to benefit humanity, we must support more than research itself. The Kavli Foundation is committed to ensuring the people, processes and products of science contribute meaningfully to society. Read more about our work at kavlifoundation.org/science-and-society.


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Kavli SciComm Essentials

Expand your skills in public engagement and science communication through a suite of offerings throughout 2022. From media training and data visualization to relationship building and inclusion, there is something for everyone in this year’s program.

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

The Kavli Foundation plans to offer a Kavli SciComm Essentials Certificate through this program – more details will be available soon.

Registration is open for the following sessions

Learning is Personal

Portal to the Public
2.5-HOUR WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Do you want to improve your teaching? Are you interested in creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science? Then this workshop is for you!

Creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science depends on acknowledging the personal experiences, perspectives, interests, and values of both scientists and audiences.

You will leave this workshop equipped with a combination of concepts, tactics, and tools to help make sure you’re in sync with your audience when engaging through your science.

Media Interviews: Webinar and Workshop

Liminal Creations
1.5-HOUR WEBINAR AND DISCUSSION
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 10AM PT / 1PM ET               
REGISTER HERE
Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ed Yong and Maddie Sofia, upcoming guest host of Science Friday and former host of NPR’s Short Wave, this webinar and discussion will explore expectations and norms in science journalism. This is an exciting opportunity for discussion and to bring questions to leaders in the field.

2-HOUR WORKSHOP
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 10AM PT / 1PM ET          
 REGISTER HERE

Under guidance from journalism experts Maddie Sofia and Julia Furlan, Professor at The New School and podcast host at NPR and Vox, this workshop will help you understand, negotiate, and prepare for roles as media sources by exploring how to maintain a conversational presence under the pressure of an interview, and strengthening relevant conversational skills.

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 in 50% of the events and full details will be provided soon.

Registration will open soon for: 

  • The Power of Narrative – 4 hr workshop | September 23, 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • How to Give a Good Talk – 3 hr workshop | September 29, 9AM PT / 12PM ET
  • Culturally Relevant Science Communication – 1.25-hr webinar | October 11, 9AM PT / 12PM ET
  • Culturally Relevant Science Communication – 3 hr workshop | October 18, 9AM PT / 12PM ET
  • Data Visualization – Four 1-hr workshops | November 4, 11, 18, and December 2, 1PM PT / 4PM ET

 

Leading public engagement with science expert Jeanne Garbarino, PhD, Director of RockEDU Science Outreach at The Rockefeller University will partner with us throughout this program.

Previous Events

Science and Society Discussion 1

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

Our opening webinar: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Public Engagement with Science: Connections between Research and Practice, took a critical look at how public engagement does—and does not—uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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 with Angela Calabrese BartonRick Crouse and Matthew Bothwell.

Watch the recording to find out more!

Science and Society Discussion 2

Building a Community: Mobilizing your Peers and Leveraging your Resources

Our second webinar: Building a Community: Mobilizing your Peers and Leveraging your Resources, explored how scientists build community by motivating their colleagues and capitalizing on existing resources to strengthen their science engagement.

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

Watch the recording to find out more!

Science and Society Discussion 3

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.

In the third Science and Society Discussion, 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.

Creating Connections: An Introduction to the Alda Method

TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2022 | 8AM – 10AM PT / 11AM – 1PM ET

Are you hoping to improve your science communication skills? Do you want to learn to develop your message, make your messages memorable, recognize and understand when to use jargon, and project an engaging presence online or in person?
In Creating Connections: An Introduction to the Alda Method from The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, we learned strategies for responsive listening, empathic communication, and experiment with techniques to build trust and engage others in science.

A Compassionate Scientist’s Toolkit

TUESDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2022 | 9AM – 10 AM PT / 12PM – 1PM ET

Are you interested in learning about how your personal perspectives and lived experiences shape your ideas and approaches to science engagement and communication? Curious about the role empathy plays in public engagement, science communication, and trust building?
Watch the recording below and 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

TUESDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2022 | 1PM PT / 4PM ET

Explore how we “package” information into stories and decisions, the ways experts can effectively contribute to communal sensemaking processes, and the roles our identities, cognitive biases, and other internal and external factors shape the ways people select and interpret data signals.
You will leave this workshop with a guided process to develop a tangible, personal action plan for your public engagement with science that is grounded in the sensemaking and science communication literature.
Watch the recording below and join Liz Neeley as she combines personal experiences with evidence-based theory and provide insights on achieving success in your public engagement practice.