WEBINAR: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET



Faith Kearns
Getting to the Heart of Science Communication

A scientist and science communication practitioner, Faith writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. In addition to her recent book, Getting to the Heart of Science Communication (Island Press), her work has been featured in the New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. She also co-hosts the podcast Water Talk.

She holds a BS in environmental science, geology, and political science from Northern Arizona University and a PHD from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, and bridged science and policy advocacy efforts at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She currently works in a California university water institute.


From droughts to floods, many water issues that scientists and science communicators work on are highly emotional, often contentious, and sometimes traumatizing, with high stakes for practitioners -- who are often in precarious positions -- and communities alike. Relating, listening, working with conflict, and understanding trauma, all with an eye toward justice, are key tools in the 21st century science communication toolkit. Using examples from her own and other’s work, Dr. Kearns will also share tips on navigating sometimes difficult discussions. The session will close with her views on the future of the field.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the differences between traditional science communication and relationship-centered science communication.
  2. Utilize Insights from on-the-ground practitioners about what doesn’t and doesn’t work in science communications.
  3. Assist in the evolution of the science communication profession.

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hour (PDH)/Continuing Education Credit (CEU). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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