The Center for the Communication of Science (CCS) is based in Bozeman, Montana at Montana State University, housed within the College of Arts and Architecture.  CCS was approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in September 2015.   CCS will provide a collaborative environment for research among the fields of science, engineering, technology, math (STEM), and film, photography, art, music, and architecture (ARTS).


CCS is dedicated to innovative communication and creative expression of STEM fields. By providing an environment for dialogue and collaboration between artists and scientists, CCS will produce dynamic, original work that communicates science to the public. CCS is poised to become a leading think-tank for the most relevant and contemporary approaches to artscience communication in the northwest. 

Core Goals



Researchers have estimated that the general public’s scientific comprehension rate is about 25%. Clearly there is a need for improved, cutting-edge communication of scientific research that reaches across political and cultural groups and generates new knowledge in the arts and the sciences. This requires advanced artscience experimentation and translation mixed with innovative science communication that complements and augments scientific research. 

Interdisciplinary research and development

  • To create original films, visual art and design, photography, music, writing, and interactive design (e.g. web, games, mobile apps) directly related to research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Develop research on the effective communication of science within the MUS system, nationally and internationally.

Interdisciplinary dissemination

  • To disseminate productions developed by CCS to the public through the web, public media, screenings, exhibitions, performances and installations pertinent to STEM research.

Interdisciplinary education

  • CCS Speaker Series: To provide a forum for speakers of high- performing, interdisciplinary research related to Art+Science Communication.
  • To create workshops and develop instructional programs for science faculty focused on working with visual / auditory media and media makers. 
  • To be able to research, educate and disseminate our research in multiple fields, has the potential for the broadest impact, influence, and reverberation.