Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Scientists

Workshop Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012

Workshop Time: 8am –5pm

Workshop Location: Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Workshop Participants – WHO should attend?
Early career scientists:

  • Those holding a doctoral degree and who are employed in a post-doctoral or tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title)
  • Advanced graduate student at an accredited U.S. institution

Workshop Purpose – WHY should I attend?
Scientists are increasingly being asked to communicate the “broader impacts” of their work. With the threat of a decline in both the scientific workforce and the public’s literacy on ocean and environmental science issues, the time is now for stepping up our efforts to promote ocean literacy.

Although there is no single approach for a successful integrated research and education plan, this workshop will build the foundation for attendees to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. When research and education are effectively interconnected, the process of discovery can help stimulate learning and the resulting research can be communicated to a broader audience.

Workshop Focus:
The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) facilitates partnerships between scientists and education professionals (including formal and informal educators, learning scientists, psychologists, and media professionals) to collectively work toward the improvement of public literacy about our ocean. Please join us for a workshop series that will include both face-to-face and online sessions, featuring demonstrations and discussions to address skills that include:

  • Deconstructing your science
  • Understanding learning theories concerning how people learn that you can apply to your teaching and science presentations
  • Building effective communication techniques
  • Broaden the reach of your science

This face-to-face workshop will be followed up with a series of required online sessions.

Stipend:Participants attending the Professional Development workshop and the webinar series will receive a stipend of $500.

Unfortunately, this workshop is full. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact Carrie at In addition, lunchtime workshops covering similar information will be held throughout the week at the Ocean Sciences meeting. Check the schedule for the “Ladder of Success” workshops being held from 12:30 to 2pm from Monday to Thursday.

For more information, please download the workshop agenda.

3 Responses to Professional Development Workshop for Early Career Scientists

  1. Donglai Gong January 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Will there be video/audio recording of the presentations after the workshop? I would’ve liked to attend but I have already bought my plane tickets for Sunday.

  2. Carrie Ferraro January 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Good question, Donglai! For those scientists who are interested in this information but cannot attend the workshop, there are two options. First, if you are attending the Ocean Sciences meeting, there will be lunchtime workshops from Monday to Thursday covering very similar information to that presented at this pre-conference workshop. The lunchtime workshops, entitled “The Ladder of Scientific Success,” will be held from 12:30 to 2pm in Room 250 or 251 depending on the day. Each day will cover a different topic so check the schedule for more details.

    The second options is to attend the follow-up webinars to the workshop. The schedule for these webinars can be found in the workshop agenda that is linked in the announcement above. The dates and information are listed following the Feb. 19th schedule.

    Hope that you can participate in one of these options,


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