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Science, Policy & Engagement Cohort

Our Science, Policy, and Engagement Cohort (SPEC), sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, guides community science projects in partnership with community leaders and scientists across the U.S. with a special focus on media and policy engagement.


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In a series of workshops, project teams are building knowledge and skills to engage effectively with the broader community, policymakers and the media. 

The first workshop focused on “Identifying your audience and crafting a message that sticks.”

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The second workshop focused on using communications plans to identify, document, and share project milestones in ways that engage multiple audiences and amplify project impact.

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The third workshop focused on how to use various forms of multimedia most effectively.

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The fourth workshop explored how various teams have mobilized their communities in the past.

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Meet the Fellows

SPEC Community Science Fellows are exceptional individuals working in a volunteer capacity to guide community science projects from idea to impact. Get to know our Fellows.


Explore the Projects

Given travel restrictions associated with COVID-19, we were able to redesign this program to accommodate a greater number of Fellows and communities, expanding its reach from eight to 16 projects across the U.S.

Learn what they’ve achieved so far: