Scientists at the College of the Environment have a big impact on the world. Their work informs how people relate to their surroundings, plan for and use natural resources, and understand the processes that shape the planet. Through their research, scientists hold a unique perspective on how science intersects with society.

As complexities continue to arise around human-natural systems, scientists are increasingly called upon to share their knowledge and perspectives to inform decision making and shed light on how the planet works. Sharing that knowledge successfully often requires scientists to be skilled communicators and adept at navigating outreach activities in an impactful way.

The College of the Environment works to empower faculty, staff, and students to be outstanding science communicators and have even greater impact in the wider world. Whether preparing for an upcoming media interview, thinking about broader impacts, informing a policy decision, or simply telling the story of your research better, the College offers guidance and resources to help scientists and researchers broaden the impact of their work.

  • Amplify: Join us for our quarterly discussion series centering on topics connected to science communication and outreach.
  • Trainings, Workshops, and Courses: Numerous trainings and courses are available to students, faculty, and staff to help sharpen your science communication skills.
  • Access to One-on-One Coaching: Preparing for an interview? Giving testimony? Thinking about broader impacts? We can help.
  • Science Communication Newsletter: Delivered straight to your inbox, our newsletter is a great way to keep up-to-date on good sci-com reads, the science behind science communication and upcoming events and opportunities to strengthen  your communication skills. Sign up to have our newsletter delivered to you.
  • Resources for Best Practices: There are many online resources available for scientists who want to become better communicators. We have curated some good ones.
  • Broader Impacts Leadership Development Program: Need help developing an excellent broader impacts plan that maps on to a particular project? Get in touch with us.
  • College of the Environment Science Communication Advisory Group: This group helps guide the College’s efforts to develop and implement science communication activities and strategies.

For more information about any of these efforts, send an email to: coenvcom@uw.edu