Science Communication

Good communication skills are critical not only for increasing public understanding of environmental science, but also for crossing disciplinary boundaries and helping to inform important societal decisions.

CEREO periodically sponsors science communication events to help faculty, staff, and students learn how to effectively talk and write about their science in ways that best reach non-science audiences.

Previous Events

Environmental Science Writing for Public Impact Workshop- 2017

This workshop is designed for environmental scientists who’d like to learn how to tailor their ideas and information for the general public through such outlets as op-eds, letters to the editor, blog entries, and press releases. Four experienced environmental writers from the English Departments at Washington State University and the University of Idaho will lead a discussion of several models of powerful science writing, work in small groups with scientists who come to the workshop, and offer strategies for reaching non-scientists. 

Registration is free!  Pre-registering is not mandatory, but will grant you access to pre-workshop reading materials and help us plan for light refreshments.

This workshop is co-sponsored by CEREO, the Graduate and Professional Student Association, and the University of Idaho.  Please direct questions about this workshop to Julie Padowski (

COMPASS Workshop- 2015

CEREO sponsored a week of science communication events, including a COMPASS science communication training workshop designed to help participants share what they do, what they know – and most importantly, why it matters – to the audiences they most want to reach (e.g. journalists, policymakers, the public).  Led by Nancy Baron, the internationally renowned communication trainer and Outreach Director for COMPASS, and a team of four journalists, this two-day workshop taught participants how to identify and disseminate key information arising from their research and professional activities.

Other events during this science communication week included an informational panel with leading journalists to discuss how the media is changing, and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers, as well as a presentation on the causes and consequences of rapid population growth by the former Los Angeles Times reporter and freelance journalist, Ken Weiss.panel-all_4