Communicating science to the media, policymakers, and the general public can be a difficult task. That is why the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a part of the Long-Term Ecological Research Network, recently held a training session on the topic for its researchers and graduate students.

Participants heard from several experts in communication during the full day workshop. Julie Palakovich Carr of AIBS’ Public Policy Office gave a presentation on communicating effectively with policymakers. She presented strategies and tips for formulating and delivering scientific information to elected officials, congressional and agency staff, and other decision makers. Additionally, workshop participants had the chance to practice their new communication skills during mock meetings with ‘congressional staff.’

The workshop also included presentations from an environmental reporter at The Baltimore Sun, a science writer who specializes in writing for the general public, and a specialist in videography. The workshop was held on 5 April 2011 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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