On June 29, the first 24 recipients of the SOT Science Communications Training Award participated in a three-hour workshop led by instructors with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The workshop was well received, and SOT is pleased to open the application for the next round of training awards.
All SOT members are eligible for the award, with a minimum number of awards going to graduate and postdoc members. Applications are due by Sunday, September 26, at 11:59 pm (EDT).
If selected for the SOT Science Communications Training Award, you must attend a live, three-hour virtual training session on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (EDT).
During the three-hour session, participants will:
- Develop strategies to connect and understand an audience
- Learn to set meaningful, realistic communication goals
- Practice approaches to designing a message that will help others connect to you, your work, and why it matters
Rather than focusing on tactics and tips (i.e., dos and don’ts lists), the Alda Method centers around learning through experience, guided reflection, and peer feedback. This training is about transforming how participants think about communication, which gives them skills that can apply to all forms of communication and all topics, including science.
I hope you will consider applying for the SOT Science Communications Training Award, and we look forward to receiving your application.