Spring 2022 YVoS Program Announcement

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation is now accepting applications for the Young Voices of Science Program for the 2022 spring semester. The program is designed to provide participants with a launch pad for public engagement, early in their scientific careers. We prepare and empower science scholars to share their knowledge, concerns, and hopes for the future.

  • What: FREE science communication training and real world practice for science scholars!
  • Who: Graduate and undergraduate students in environmental fields are eligible to apply.
  • When: Series of seven Zoom workshops held on Thursdays, March 17th through April 28th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm ET.
  • Where: Wherever you are, via Zoom!

Class size is limited – apply by February 25th!

Young Voices of Science is a free training program to equip undergraduate and graduate students in environmental fields with effective methods for sharing their scientific work and passions with non-technical audiences. Participants will attend a series of virtual workshops, led by expert science communication consultants, and they will undertake at least one outreach activity, putting what they learn into practice. Outreach activities might include:

  • Writing and submitting an op-ed to a local, regional, or national publication;
  • Participating in Hubbard Brook's public science storytelling tradition;
  • Conducting a public presentation at a local science center, museum, or NGO event;
  • Creating and sharing a web video or podcast;
  • Participating in a science briefing for state or federal lawmakers.

Participants will receive individualized support from a staff mentor throughout the process of planning and executing their chosen outreach activity.

Workshop leaders are experts in public engagement with science, creative writing, storytelling, and science-to-policy outreach. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Workshop Schedule (note: all workshops will be held via Zoom from 6:00-7:30 pm ET)

  • 3/17/22: Introduction and Orientation with YVoS staff and special guests
  • 3/24/22: How to Write an Op-ed with David George Haskell
  • 3/31/22: Design Your Own Outreach Project with YVoS staff
  • 4/7/22: Workshop #4
  • 4/14/22: Workshop #5
  • 4/21/22: Engaging with Policymakers with Dr. Chanel Matney
  • 4/28/22: The Art of Storytelling with Ari Daniel


Stay tuned for details for workshops #4 and #5. Previous presenters include Jay Heinrichs, Reyhaneh Maktoufi, Earyn McGee, and Nalini Nadkarni.

To Apply

To apply for the Spring 2022 Young Voices of Science program, please fill out and submit the following Google Form by Friday, February 25th. Preference will be given to students who are available to attend all seven workshops. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants will be notified about enrollment via email on March 3rd. 


Application form: https://tinyurl.com/mryfuv87


“This morning as I spoke, I felt such a resounding sense of passion and purpose — both for the science that I do and its potential to translate into profound policy solutions.” (YVoS participant referring to a briefing with a U.S. Senator)

"The material was great to be exposed to and be able to take moving forward, but I also really appreciated the community.”

"All of my expectations were met with this program. I learned more about science communication in this program than I ever have. It was awesome!"

“Over the last dozen years, I have been involved in about three hundred programs and events centered on science communication. YVoS stands out at the very top.” — Dr. David George Haskell, biologist, award-winning author, and YVoS Faculty


About the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

For more than half a century, at New Hampshire’s 8,000-acre Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, long-term studies of air, water, soils, plants, and animals have led to scientific breakthroughs including the discoveries of acid rain; the effects of lead, salt, and nitrogen pollution in streams and lakes; and the causes and consequences of climate change. Hubbard Brook is among the world’s most influential ecosystem studies, setting the global standard for long-term environmental monitoring.


Established in 1993, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) delivers cutting-edge science to decision makers on the front lines of environmental change. We bridge the gaps between science and education, public policy, land management, corporate sustainability, and recreation. Our programs include round tables and town hall events, policy-relevant briefings and bulletins, and communication training for students and early-career researchers. Against a backdrop of rapid environmental change, HBRF opens effective channels for action-oriented dialogue between citizens and scientists for smart policy and practice.


YVoS Organizers

Anthea Lavallee, HBRF Executive Director

Anthea has more than 20 years of experience as a science educator, communicator, and leader in the non-profit sector. She has served as education director, executive director, and development director across a range of environmental and social service organizations and believes that community, culture, and ecosystem health are deeply entwined. Anthea joined the Hubbard Brook team in 2012 and was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation in 2016. Working at the interface of Hubbard Brook science and society, Anthea combines her curiosity about the natural world with her passion for building community. Within Hubbard Brook and across its network of partners, Anthea works to create a culture of environmental awareness that is scholarly and practical, reality-based, and creative.


Sarah Garlick, HBRF Director of Science Policy & Outreach

Sarah joined HBRF in 2013 and serves as the Director of Science Policy and Outreach. Her work involves developing and implementing innovative programs for science communication and public engagement. She is the Principal Investigator of HBRF’s National Science Foundation-funded project called “Embedding Public Engagement with Science at Long Term Ecological Research Sites.” Sarah was trained as a geologist and science writer. She is the author of two books: Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology, winner of the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Award, and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America, released in 2014.


Brendan Leonardi, HBRF Program and Administrative Specialist

Brendan is HBRF's Program and Administrative Specialist and is also a field technician at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. His work with HBRF involves organizing and facilitating YVoS, working to expand K-12 education opportunities, and guiding on-site field tours of the experimental forest. He serves as the lead field technician for many on-site experiments at Hubbard Brook, including the Ice Storm Experiment (ISE), Climate Change Across Seasons Experiment (CCASE), Hubbard Brook Nitrogen Oligotrophication (HBNO) and DroughtNet (DN) experiments. 


YVoS is presented by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and with support from the Canaday Family Charitable Trust, Cotyledon Fund, and an anonymous foundation


Please pass this opportunity along to any students who might be interested!