"We ignore public understanding of science at our
- Eugenie Clark
Scientists often encounter difficulty expressing the excitement and importance of their work to non-scientist family and friends. This communication barrier is reflected in the growing cultural gap between researchers and the public, and the current dour funding climate that threatens our nation's academic science industry. Unfortunately, traditional academic training often fails to adequately equip scientists with the skills needed to communicate or confront these problems, valuing the technical communication of data over the "big picture" impact of the work.
Our mission is to bridge the communication gap between scientists and their communities by giving researchers the tools and opportunities to foster public interest in scientific research.
To achieve this, Project Bridge Colorado focuses on the following areas:
- Workshops and trainings to help scientists strengthen their broad communication skills
- Community engagement events that bring science diretly to the public
- Science advocacy events that encourage open discourse between researchers and our elected officals