Learn the practical elements of beginning or advancing your work in microbiology outreach

This 3-webinar series will be presented live and will be available as a package or as individual webinars. Registration opens June 1. The live webinars start on October 7. All participants who register will be granted access to the course materials until January 31, 2021.

Do you have a Science Café coming up at the local coffee shop and are scheduled to present?  Are you interested in sharing a hands-on science activity with visitors at the annual Science Expo on your campus, but aren’t sure where to start?  Or, are you experienced in science outreach, but would like to build your skills in training others, evaluating the impacts of your efforts, or developing new ideas for content?  If any of the above describe you, please join us for a new webinar series in Fall 2020 in which we will explore the world of science outreach through the perspective of “Nuts and Bolts”. 

This series will focus on the practical elements of beginning or advancing your work in public science outreach, with a focus on microbiology outreach. Presentations will include tips and tricks, tools for planning and evaluation, case studies, and links to relevant resources.

Webinar Series Learning Goals 

After the completion of the webinar series, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify multiple examples of venues and audiences for public outreach activities.
  2. Outline a means of adapting your own research and/or scientific interests to design a puzzle based “Exploration Station”.
  3. Describe example characteristics of a successful virtual-based outreach program or event 
  4. Identify options for professionalization of science outreach activities.
  5. Describe ways in which participation in outreach could connect to their own broader career goals. 
  6. Identify at least three practical strategies for training and retention of volunteers (such as fellow scientists participating in outreach).


How will you learn in this series?

  • Attend three 60-minute live interactive webinars 
  • Complete self-paced assignments.


Any scientist with an interest in, and/or experience in, public science outreach. The focus of the series will be in the development of engaging activities or presentations with a connection to your specific area of research or scientific interest; however, the content will be broadly applicable and appropriate for scientists across the spectrum of career stages.  

No previous experience is required for participation.

Registration Details

October 7 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Outreach Possibilities & The Exploration Station
Participants will hear about a series of brief case examples of the types of outreach work that fellow scientists are doing around the world and learn about the concept of an Exploration Station.  Examples of tools for planning objectives for outreach activities and for selection and identification of audiences/venues will be provided.

November 4 | 2-3 p.m. ET
The Exploration Station Part II & Presentation Opportunities
Participants will develop Exploration Stations specific to your own research topic (or area of interest) and learn about practical tips for “science café”-style outreach presentations, including strategies for encouraging dialogue and ways to link research topics to practical examples.

December 2 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Expand Your Impact of Outreach and Professional Development
Participants will learn about opportunities to connect their work in science outreach to their career and professional development.  Also, participants will learn about two key elements of expanding the scope of outreach initiatives.  
6-Webinar Package
ASM Member: Free
Non-ASM Member: $135
Individual Webinar Rates
ASM Member: Free
Non-ASM Member: $50 

All ASM members except for Supporting Members qualify for member rates.

No refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.



Contact Information

ASM Education, education@asmusa.org