COMPASS communication and leadership workshop for ocean acidification scientists

COMPASS invites you to apply for a two-day communication and leadership workshop customized for ocean acidification scientists that will be held September 15-17, 2013 in Washington, DC just before the second U.S. Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators’ Meeting. Based on what COMPASS has developed for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, this workshop will provide the opportunity for you to 1) hone communication of your own research, including practice via mock interviews with top-notch journalists; 2) share ideas and perspectives across disciplines to better understand the broader context of your work; 3) discuss thorny issues that pose particular communication challenges; and 4) build new connections and community with your fellow participants.

Find out more information and apply by Tuesday July 9 5pm PT at Please contact Heather Galindo (hgalindo(at) with any questions.

COMPASS held a similar two-day workshop just prior to the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World. Here is what a few of the participants from the previous workshop had to say about their experience:

“I want to thank you ALL for the fantastic week we’ve all had. The feedback and after-talk about the communications workshop has been enormously positive. I’m afraid you’re going to have a lot of folks asking for the same training!”

– Joanie Kleypas (Scientist III, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

“It was a big eye opener hearing from the journalists that my passion for the topic is a part of the story. I’ve always thought that my science should be kept separate from me as a person. So one of the most valuable things for me from the training is realizing we can’t be afraid to be an individual, even if we represent an agency too. I came home rejuvenated with that idea.”

– Libby Jewett (Director, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program)

“[I] have been through a lot of these events, but I still learned an enormous amount. What is boils down to is that learning to communicate is a long process and it has to be done in a lot of very different ways depending on the context. Don’t pretend you know everything there is to know. There is always a surprise around the bend.”

– Stephen Palumbi (Director, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University)

Please also join us for our OAPI kickoff event the evening of Tuesday Sept 17 featuring a lively discussion with scientists and journalists on the cutting edge of OA science!

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