Getting On-the-Spot Feedback from Your Audience: Science Communication Workshop for Scientists who Engage with the Public

WHEN: Weds Oct 27, 9:30 am – 4 pm

WHERE: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (the workshop will occur virtually if required by the local COVID situation)


Join us for a free day-long workshop for scientists who engage with the public. If you’ve ever wondered “Are they with me?”, “Do I know what interests them?”, “What are their prior experiences with this topic?”, then this workshop will introduce techniques to help you ensure that your audiences are both engaged and provide you with the feedback you need to achieve your desired outcomes and help make your engagement more inclusive, interactive, and satisfying.

You will gain the following through participation in this workshop:

●        A set of “on-the-spot feedback” tactics that allow you to gauge and respond to your audience’s interest and understanding during your public engagement events.

●        Effective ways to use these tactics during virtual and in-person public engagement events.

●        The opportunity to receive a $200 stipend for participation in our NSF-funded research project to understand how using the tactics is changing how you do outreach.


To participate in this workshop and receive a $200 stipend, you must…

●        Work or study in a science-based field (e.g. science, engineering, health sciences). Participants should be at least at a graduate level.

●        Have completed science communication training and/or have experience facilitating public engagement.

●        Agree to try out On-the-Spot Feedback tactics from the workshop in at least one public engagement event (whether virtual or in-person) by Jan 31 2022, and report back within a week on your experience.

To apply:

Deadline: Weds Sept 29. The form has 22 questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Note that this course has limited capacity, so we may not be able to accept everyone who applies. We will send out acceptance notifications by Oct 4.

About the On-the-Spot Feedback project:

This online workshop is part of the NSF-funded On-the-Spot Feedback project (award #1811022), a collaboration of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Portal to the Public at the Institute for Learning Innovation, the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Through this research-to-practice initiative, we are developing a set of embedded feedback tactics and professional development to support science-based professionals in effectively communicating science to the public.

Questions?  If you have any questions about the workshop, the application, or your eligibility to participate, please contact Suzy Gurton (

By Christina Plante
Christina Plante Assistant Director of Career Services