Young Voices of Science Spring 2021 Program Announcement

Young Voices of Science
Spring 2021 Program Announcement

- 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 11 through April 22, 6:00 - 7:30 pm ET

- Where: Wherever you are, via Zoom!

- Class size is limited – apply by February 24

Workshop leaders are experts in public engagement with science, creative writing, storytelling, and science-to-policy outreach. Class size is limited to 20 participants; we ask that participants commit to all five trainings and design and carry out at least one outreach activity, with support from the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation is now accepting applications for theYoung Voices of Science Program during the 2021 spring semester. The program is designed to prepare and empower science scholars to share their knowledge, concerns, and hopes for the future and provide a launch pad for public engagement.   

Program Overview

Young Voices of Science is a free seven-part training program designed to equip undergraduate and graduate students in environmental fields with effective methods for sharing their scientific work with non-technical audiences. Participants will attend a series of virtual workshops and practice sessions, led by expert science communication consultants, to prepare for public outreach, science storytelling, and engaging with policymakers.

To complete the program, participants must commit to attend all seven trainings (held Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET) and undertake at least one outreach activity, putting what they learn into practice. Hubbard Brook Research Foundation staff will help to identify and coordinate outreach opportunities. Outreach activities might include, but are not limited to: writing and submitting an op-ed to a local, regional, or national publication; participating in Hubbard Brook's public science storytelling tradition; conducting an outreach presentation at a local science center, museum, or NGO event; writing a feature for Hubbard Brook's multimedia blog; or participating in a science briefing for state or federal lawmakers. Participants will receive individualized support from a Hubbard Brook Research Foundation mentor throughout the process of planning and executing their chosen outreach activity.

Each participant will receive a digital portrait made by a student artist, for use in future outreach. By the end of each program series, high-quality training and communication resources will give participants a head-start in public engagement, early in their scientific careers.

Workshop Schedule (note: all workshops will be held via Zoom)

3/11/21: Introduction to the program, led by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, with special guest Tyler Edwards

3/18/21: Creative Writing and Opinion Pieces, led by David George Haskell

3/25/21: The Art of Storytelling, led by Ari Daniel

4/1/21: Engaging with Policymakers, led by Chanel Matney, with an introduction by Rob Werner, New Hampshire State Director for the League of Conservation Voters

4/8/21: Positive Framing around Climate Communications, led by Jay Heinrichs

4/15/21: Making an Impact on Social Media, led by Earyn McGee

4/22/21: Program wrap-up and outreach project workshop, led by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

To apply

To apply for the spring 2021 Young Voices of Science program, please fill out and submit the following Google Form by February 24. 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 1.

Application form:

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.


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 is also a rock climber, geologist, science writer, and 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.

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