Voices for Science

AGU continues its commitment to increasing the widespread understanding of Earth and space science and highlighting its value with the launch of Voices for Science program. Voices for Science, centers around training scientists to address the critical need for communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to key decision makers, journalists, and public audiences.

About Voices for Science Program:

  • Provides those interested in science communications and outreach the unique training needed to hone their skills.
  • Participants will work directly with AGU staff to regularly conduct outreach activities with a variety of audiences in their own communities.
  • AGU staff will provide participants hands-on support in conducting and organizing outreach activities in their local communities.
  • Bring participants to Washington, DC in April 2018 for an in-depth training session—in a policy or media/public communications track
  • Bring participants back in December 2018 for Fall Meeting and to participate in customized communication activities (Travel expenses covered by AGU).

Because of the commitment required for the program, AGU requires participants to:

  • Go through a rigorous application process.
  • Make a written commitment to conducting outreach activities at least once per month for a twelve-month period.

A maximum of 15 applicants will be accepted into each track. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science communications and a strong desire to engage with a variety of audiences and to speak out about the importance of Earth and space science. Applicants from Alabama, Florida, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Colorado, California, Washington, and Alaska are strongly preferred. This is due to the positions their elected officials hold on Capitol Hill.

The application deadline is 15 February, and approved applicants will be notified by 2 March.