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Communications workshop for Montana scientists now open for registration

March 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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MISSOULA -- Montana NSF EPSCoR and the National Science Foundation are sponsoring a workshop for Montana scientists and researchers interested in enhancing their communication skills with the public.

Registration is now open for the NSF "Science: Becoming the Messenger" workshop to be held Wednesday, May 16, at The University Center on the campus of The University of Montana campus in Missoula. There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required. Some participants will be selected for additional workshops on May 17.

The workshop is open to principal investigators, early career researchers and engineers, graduate students and postdocs from institutions and universities in Montana who want to learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience. Featuring three accomplished communicators and trainers -- Emmy award winning television producer Joe Schreiber, former PBS executive Dan Agan and bestselling science author Chris Mooney -- the NSF workshop provides one-stop shopping for those seeking to reach a broader public about their work.

Participants will learn how to craft a message and deliver it to a variety of audiences. They may experience live interview training, develop writing and new media skills, hone their public presentations and even produce a video.

Public information officers communicating on behalf of institutions and universities also are invited and will participate in all aspects of the workshop alongside the researchers. They will attend a special breakout session designed to collaborate with NSF Public Affairs.

A second day of training on May 17 will be offered to a specially selected group of researchers. During this workshop, they will further refine their message, train to talk to their colleagues, public audiences and the media. Participants should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for day two.

For those needing lodging, a block of rooms is on hold at the Doubletree Hotel Missoula Edgewater. Call (406) 542-4611 or 1-800-222-TREE under group name "Becoming the Messenger" to make reservations. Limited travel funds are available from the Montana NSF EPSCoR office. Contact Martha Peters at to request funds.

To register for the workshop or learn more details, go to

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or