Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Science Communication Workshop for Grad Students

COMPASS Message Box Training

This workshop by COMPASS is intended for graduate students in geography/geology/biology/related departments and institutes who want to learn how to better communicate their science to different audiences.  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Chelsea Nagy ( by Friday 10/20/17 with your name and department affiliation.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch to the event. 

This COMPASS science communication training will help participants share what they do, what they know - and most importantly, why it matters - in clear, lively terms. Grounded in the latest research on science communication, this training is designed to help participants find the relevance of their science for the audiences they most want to reach — journalists, policymakers, the public, and even other scientists.
Participants will be introduced to The Message Box- COMPASS' most fundamental tool no matter who you are preparing to communicate with. The Message Box is a powerful tool to help distill what you know and why it matters for your particular audience. There will be time for hands on practice with your peers, and an interactive exercise practicing your "elevator pitch” to explain to others what you do in 30 seconds.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


  • Earth Lab


  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators


  • Seminar



CIRES Auditorium