SOT and Alda Center Partner to Bring Science Communication Training to SOT Members—Apply to Participate

By Myrtle Davis posted 04-08-2021 14:19


SOT is thrilled to announce its multi-year partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. This partnership will bring the Alan Alda Center’s unique science communication training, which is built on the foundations of improvisational theater, to the SOT membership. Through this training, SOT members will enhance their ability to effectively communicate and engage with the public, with policymakers, and with fellow scientists.

To achieve this, SOT has partnered with the Alan Alda Center to provide its core online training program, “The Essentials,” to selected SOT members. Two training sessions will be offered per year to cohorts of 24 members each.

The first SOT Science Communications Training Workshop will occur on June 29, 2021. Those interested in participating should complete an application for the SOT Science Communications Training Award to be considered by SOT Council. More details on the training, including how members who take part are expected to contribute their new skills to SOT programs, are available on the application web page. Applications to be included in the group of SOT members who will participate in the training are due no later than May 15, 2021. All SOT members, including graduate students and postdocs, who have a demonstrated interest may apply to be considered for the Science Communications Training Award.

This partnership is the result of the SOT Strategic Plan objective “Develop Leadership and Communication Skills among Members.” Discover more about the new partnership and the importance of science communication in a short video produced by SOT TV.

Also, if you registered for the Virtual 2021 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and have not yet watched the Opening Plenary Session talk by Laura Lindenfeld, PhD, Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center, the presentation is available through May 31 to meeting registrants for on-demand viewing.