Young Voices of Science

Young Voices of Science logoYoung Voices of Science (YVoS) is a free science communication training program designed to prepare and empower science scholars to share their knowledge, concerns, and hopes for the future with the wider world. We provide participants with a launch pad for public engagement, early in their scientific careers.   

  • What: FREE science communication training and real world practice for science scholars!

  • Who: Graduate and undergraduate students in environmental fields
  • When: Series of seven Zoom workshops held on Thursdays during the Spring and Fall semesters, 6:00–7:30 pm ET
  • Where: Wherever you are, via Zoom!
  • Class size is limited

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 seven trainings and design and carry out at least one outreach activity, with one-on-one support from the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.

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 and passions with non-technical audiences. Participants will attend a series of virtual workshops and practice sessions, led by expert science communication consultants.

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; or participating in a science briefing for state or federal lawmakers. Participants will receive individualized support from a  mentor throughout the process of planning and executing their chosen outreach activity. Check out previous YVoS outreach projects in the Project Showcase links below.

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.

To apply

To apply for the Spring 2022 Young Voices of Science program, please fill out and submit the following Google Form. 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. 

Application form

“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


Links to Past Young Voices of Science Showcases

About the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and Organizers

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 roundtable dialogues 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 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. 

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