Good Science Deserves Good Communication

COMPASS is an organization that helps scientists effectively share their knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. It provides practical support for scientists to engage without compromising the accuracy of their science.

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has partnered with COMPASS to help Penn State faculty, researchers, and graduate students to improve their science communication skills. The hope is that Penn Staters can better share their discoveries and results with the public, journalists, policymakers, and beyond.

COMPASS brings together expert facilitators and media professionals who train researchers on how the best ways to make their work accessible to larger audiences.

Each year, IEE and COMPASS deliver three events:

  1. Graduate Student Workshop
  2. Journalist Plenary
  3. Faculty Workshop

Graduate Student Workshop

Penn State graduate students are invited to attend a science communication workshop. Learn how to make your research accessible to the media, policymakers, and the public.

Learn how to become part of the conversation, including word choice, narrow/broad focuses, being one small part of a larger topic. This hands-on workshop offers a comprehensive walk-through of COMPASS's most fundamental communication tool.

There is no cost to attend, and registration is limited to the first fifty.


Interested graduate students can register on the Graduate Student Registration page.

Journalist Plenary

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment and COMPASS present a behind-the-scenes look at the changing world of journalism.

Leading journalists will discuss how the media is changing and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers. They will share their personal perspectives on how to get your stories told and what makes a good science story, and “dos and don’ts” of dealing with journalists. 

A Q&A and reception will follow the plenary. Please join us for this interactive event, which is free and open to the public.


If you are interested, please RSVP through the Plenary Registration page.

Faculty Workshop

Twenty faculty members are invited to work with COMPASS facilitators and media professionals on how to expand their research's reach.