Professional Development

There are several resources that can help you prepare and/or improve your presenting style and approach.

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers
This Website is co-produced by the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation. It provides resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops, to help researchers communicate more broadly with the public. Find out more at: AAAS:

Mastering Science and Public Presentations
This video seminar, on how to share science with the public, was given by Tim Miller of at Duke University in 2010. It provides fundamentals on how to communicate about science with others.

SciCafe Webbook
Compiled by Duncan Dallas, Franco Bagnoli, Giovanna Pacini, and others, this website features articles, tips, and ideas about Science Cafés, gathered from cafés around the world.

Telling Your Story
This workshop, designed by Tthe Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence–-New England (COSEE-NE), is aimed at helping scientists and engineers develop skills for working with elementary and secondary students in formal (classroom) and informal (museum) settings. Find handouts and other resources here.

Olson, Randy. Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style. 2008.
Randy Olson wrote this book to help scientists improve their communication skills using story-telling techniques for audience engagement.


Stories from the Science Café: Casual Encounters in Outreach

This professional development webinar was hosted on March 18th, 2013 by Scott Asakawa, Outreach Coordinator with NOVA Education.  The webinar content includes a variety of tips and strategies that Science Café speakers can incorporate into their presentations in order to help stimulate participation from audiences with varied backgrounds and levels of scientific knowledge.



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