Gears for Scientific Success: Professional Development Workshop at WHOI

Workshop Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Workshop Time: 9am –5pm

Workshop Location: Smith Conference Room, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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 featuring demonstrations and discussions on the following skills, which we’ve organized into four, interconnected gears or areas:

  • Gear #1: Deconstruct Your Science
    When translating scientific research, it helps to break down your message into its key components. This gear focuses on two methods for deconstructing your message including Concept Mapping and Storytelling.
  • Gear #2: Understand How People Learn
    What does educational research say about how people learn and what can this tell us about effective ways to teach our students and communicate with the public? This gear focuses on sharing some information about how people learn, and sets the stage for incorporating effective strategies for learning into your practice as you share science with various and diverse audiences.
  • Gear #3: Build Effective Communication Techniques
    Learners build an understanding of the world around them through their experiences, motivation, and social interactions. This gear includes information about how you can apply concepts, and effective practices and strategies gleaned from the learning sciences, into your education and outreach efforts.
  • Gear #4: Broaden the Reach of Your Science
    The ability to share your scientific message with those outside your research group is critical for career advancement. With funding trends moving towards large collaborative research programs, it is more important than ever that scientists collaborate not only within their discipline, but also across and beyond scientific disciplines. The focus of this gear is on networking and collaboration techniques that will help you develop and disseminate your message to potential collaborators and the general public.
    Deconstructing your science

For more information on the gears and the workshop, please download the draft workshop agenda.

Interested in Attending?
This workshop is currently full. Please e-mail Dr. Jim Yoder at with your name and university/institution affiliation if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

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