As a scientist, do you feel like you’re uniquely positioned to help your community tackle environmental issues? Ever thought you could be doing more, but not sure how to go about it?
Lucky for you, there’s now a place for you to learn community engagement skills.
The Engaged Scientist Series, comprised of both public lectures and workshops, is aimed to teach scientists how to develop fruitful relationships with their communities, FOR FREE.
“We started the Engaged Science series in order to help early career scientists know that there are ways they can work with communities,” says Susan Sullivan, director of CIRES Education and Outreach.
“Things like citizen science, service learning and community-based research can help scientists integrate their scientific goals with their goals for making a social contribution.”
This series is also aimed at bringing together expertise in community engagement and earth and environmental sciences with community partners, and passionate early career scientists who want to make a difference.
“It’s exciting to realize that we have so much potential at CU Boulder for contributions to the work being done within our communities,” she says. “Being able to build bridges between all these people will help everyone.”
It begins this week on Thursday, October 20th at 4pm in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences auditorium (CIRES, Room 338; for directions, check here). Director of the Thriving Earth Exchange Raj Pandya will delve into the features of effective partnerships between scientists and communities.
A workshop will follow this lecture, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the CIRES Fellows Room S274. Ben Kirshner, faculty director of CU Engage will co-lead the workshop, which will focus on forming scientist/community partnerships.
The workshop is open to graduate students and post docs in geography, natural and physical scientists, social scientists, engineers—anyone who is working on research in or related to the geosciences and environmental sciences. Dinner will be provided.
“We hope that scientists will learn that depending upon their research context, they can develop the skills to have an integrated research, service and teaching agenda,” says Sullivan. “We hope that potential community partners will see the University of Colorado as a place to go for help with community issues.”
The series is provided by the Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR, and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement. The next couple of events will follow the same lecture followed by a workshop format.
By Aggie Mika
By Aggie Mika