Learn the practical elements of beginning or advancing your work in microbiology outreach. This 3-webinar series is now available on demand through April 30, 2021.

Do you have a Science Café coming up at the local coffee shop? 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 this new webinar series in which we will explore the world of science outreach through the perspective of “Nuts and Bolts.”

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

Webinar Series Learning Goals

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

  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 3 practical strategies for training and retention of volunteers (such as fellow scientists participating in outreach).

How will you learn in this series?

  • Access 3, 60-minute recorded sessions on-demand through April 30, 2021. 
    Complete self-paced assignments.

​Individual Webinar Sessions

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.

The Exploration Station Part II & Presentation Opportunities

Participants will develop exploration stations specific to their research topics (or areas 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.

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 2 key elements of expanding the scope of outreach initiatives.


Any scientist with an interest in, and/or experience in public science outreach. The focus of the series is 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

3-Webinar Package
ASM Member: Free
Non-ASM Member: $135

Individual Webinars
ASM Member: Free
Non-ASM Member: $50

No refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings until April 30, 2021. All ASM members except for Supporting Members qualify for member rates.



Contact Information

ASM Education, education@asmusa.org