The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) invite you to an interactive training led by COMPASS that will prepare scientists to share in clear, lively terms what they do, what they know and why it matters. With thanks to Sarasota County, the training will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The hours are not yet finalized) at the Lemon Bay Park in Englewood.
The training will empower participants to find the relevance of their science for the audiences we most want to reach —policymakers, journalists, the public and other scientists. Participants will build the knowledge, skills and networks needed to effectively engage in public discourse about the environment. The training includes a panel of experts working in the fields of journalism and policy.
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program is a regional collaboration designed to deliver relevant information to coastal professionals on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The CHNEP is a partnership working to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. We are delighted COMPASS will lead this workshop. COMPASS trainers are pioneers in the practice of science communication, with formal training in the sciences and professional experience in journalism and policy. Since 2000, COMPASS has trained thousands of scientists from a range of career stages in North America and around the world.
Read the COMPASS blog (http://compassblogs.org/blog/2016/02/23/leading-by-example-communication-lessons-learned-from-gulf-of-mexico-scientists/) to see what past participation in the Gulf of Mexico say about this training.
Sponsors: This training is made possible because of the generosity of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, CHNEP, Sarasota County and the Friends of Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Inc. Any contribution above the registration fee will be appreciated. Any who donate $100 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor.
Registration is a two-step process: With your initial registration, you are indicating your interest in this training. The sponsors will review all requests received by Sept. 30 and will then email additional registration guidance to all who will be invited to attend. This training is intended for those whose work helps implement the CHNEP plan and those involved with the Southwest Florida Blue Carbon Working Group.
Requests received by August have already been considered. We ask those accepted early to pay by Sept. 15. Guidance provided in an email will include returning to the EventBrite registration page and paying a registration fee of $25. These funds will ensure attendance and help cover costs to provide refreshments and lunches. If the registration isn’t completed by Sept. 15, the seat will be forfeited and the sponsors will review requests received and invite additional people to attend.
This event is by invitation only. If there is anyone with an interest in driving actions that protect the natural environment of southwest Florida that you think should be invited, please introduce them by emailing email@example.com with their name, email, responsibilities and brief explanation.
Thank you for helping to protect the natural environment of southwest Florida.