Salmonid Restoration Federation
The Art and Science of Watershed Restoration
April 11 - 14, 2018
Fortuna, California

Speaking of Science and Facilitating Community Engagement

12 April 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm

Workshop Coordinators: 
Janine Castro, USFWS & NMFS
Miriam Volat, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Speaking of Science - Public Speaking Tips for Improved Science Communication 

The morning part of this workshop is focused on improving oral presentation skills for scientists and engineers. Participants will leave the workshop with an improved skill set, including a checklist to develop and deliver memorable presentations.  The workshop is highly interactive and builds on the collective experience of the audience and the instructor.  


  • Main message, title slide, final sentence 

  • Audience, venue, organization, size, length

  • Audiovisuals, lights, sound, computer, timer, pointers, remote, props 

  • Tone, volume, inflection, pace, pauses, body language

  • Answering questions​

Facilitating Community Engagement – Running Effective Collaborative Meetings

The afternoon workshop is focused on public engagement processes for scientists, engineers, and project managers involved in restoration projects and research that include multiple stakeholders and interactions with diverse parts of the community. Participants will leave the workshop with a clear design process for one meeting engagements or longer processes as well as a tool kit of mini-processes to use in your design.


  • Designing and planning for your entire public engagement process

  • Creating agendas that get results 

  • Assessing, creating and sustaining commitment and communication

  • Simple facilitation skills and tools that make meetings enjoyable