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Kavli SciComm Essentials

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

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.

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 can be found here.

Kavli SciComm Essentials Certificate

The 2023  program of events will be announced here soon – stay tuned! 


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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.

Watch the recording to find out more!

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.

The Essentials Online

TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2022 | 10AM PT – 1PM PT / 1PM ET – 4PM ET


In The Essentials Online from The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, we honed our communication skills by exploring effective and engaging science communication practices.
By applying strategic communication tools we learned to make messages clear and memorable, resulting in more meaningful connections with audiences.

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.
Watch the recording to find out more!

Sensemaking 101: Your Public Engagement Action Plan


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. 

Learning is Personal

TUESDAY, MAY 24TH, 2022 | 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET

Creating meaningful and memorable interactions centered on science depends on acknowledging the personal experiences, perspectives, interests, and values of both scientists and audiences.
Participants left this workshop equipped with a combination of concepts, tactics, and tools to help make sure they’re in sync with their audiences when engaging through their science

Media Interviews: Webinar and Discussion

TUESDAY, JUNE 7TH, 2022 | 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET

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 will explore expectations and norms in science journalism. This is an exciting opportunity for discussion and to bring questions to leaders in the field.
This recording is available to members of our Kavli Institute Community by request – please email

Media Interviews: Workshop

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2022 | 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET

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.

Exploring Americans’ Motivations for and Barriers to Engaging with Science 

TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2022 | 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET

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.
Watch the recording to find out more!

The Power of Narrative

The Story Collider

Friday, September 23, 2022 | 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Do you want to learn the theory behind why storytelling is an effective tool for science communication?

Participants left this workshop with an understanding of the basics of story structure and composition in addition to intensive, personalized editing and coaching on story development and delivery.

How to Give a Good Talk

The Science Communication Lab

Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 9AM PT / 12PM ET

Do you want to learn how to give a better talk? Participants in this workshop learn how to identify their goal(s), audience(s), core message, ‘so what?’ and distill their message. They left this workshop knowing how to clearly present data, the art of good slide design, and how to connect with an audience.

Culturally Relevant SciComm: Webinar and Workshop 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2022 | 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2022 | 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET 

This seminar will introduce 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.
Watch the recording to find out more!

Data Visualization: Webinar and Workshops

Liminal Creations

Friday, November 4, 2022 | 1PM PT / 4PM ET

THREE 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS  REGISTER HERE (select one or more sessions)
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 1PM PT / 4PM ET
Friday, November 18, 2022 | 1PM PT / 4PM ET
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 1PM PT / 4PM ET

Participate in constructive group discussions to create better figures and more effectively display your data. Participants left this series with improved skills in data visualization grounded in design theory and current best practices. This series will feature Francisco Guerrero and Maryam Zaringhalam