Learn how to become a more effective advocate for science through these webinars.
Click the links below to watch recordings of past webinars. To be notified of future webinars, join the Advocacy Network.
June 1, 2018
Measuring Advocacy Outcomes
Measuring the effects of science advocacy is a challenge. To effectively allocate your resources, this webinar will explore ways to gauge performance against short– and long–term advocacy goals, manage expectations, and identify gaps in science advocacy metrics. Speakers will touch on how to evaulate advocacy outcomes and tailor your messages and approaches in the light of that assessment.
April 18, 2018
Inspiring Others to Be Science Advocates
This webinar will provide you with everything you need to build and maintain relationships with the community and get the public excited about science.
Gain insight from experts on how to inspire your scientist peers and nonscientists to engage in advocacy and outreach in support of science. Through participating in public activities such as Science on Tap and Nerd Nite, holding informal coffee meetings with your colleagues, and partaking in other activities, you can empower others to get involved.
In this webinar, expert advocates will demonstrate creative ways to attract a nonscientific audience to your events. You will hear how to thoughtfully select topics and speakers and develop and implement powerful marketing strategies.
February 23, 2018
Strategies to Maximize Your Advocacy Results
Learn how to tailor your advocacy strategy to effectively reach members of Congress and the administration.
In preparation for SfN's Capitol Hill Day in March 2018 and the annual appropriations process, this webinar will arm science advocates with timely and relevant information on how to best prepare for Hill meetings and how to tailor messages to the current political environment. The webinar will also help you take your science advocacy to the next level by understanding how to do targeted communications and actions.
December 4, 2017
Leveraging Public Opinion in Support of Science
Public support of science can be instrumental in influencing congressional support of research funding. While public support for science is strong, few Americans understand our nation’s scientific enterprise.
In this webinar, speakers will provide tips for effectively communicating about the importance of science, the patient experience, and recent discoveries that have potential policy implications to help ensure the public continues their strong support of federally funded scientific research.
July 25, 2017
How to Engage Your Members of Congress
Neuroscientists at all career stages have meaningful perspectives to share with policymakers about why supporting the scientific enterprise is so important for the field and society. In this webcast, you will learn ways that you can persuasively advocate for science, and hear how recent Congressional actions may impact funding for biomedical research issues and your work.
February 22, 2017
The Federal Budget Process and What It Means for Your Lab
This webcast will give you an overview of how the budget appropriations processes are supposed to work, and how they are working under the current legal and political climate.
This webcast will also help you:
- Understand the meaning of key budgetary terms
- Learn what the failure of the budget process means for scientific research funding through agencies like NIH
- Discover opportunities to advocate for neuroscience funding
June 29, 2016
Changing Animal Rights Tactics & What It Means For Today's Researchers
From violence against researchers to boycotts and internet trolling, the tactics used by animal rights activists have changed over the years. Understanding the history of these groups and the methods they've used can help you better prepare yourself against current potential threats and impact on your research.
Tune into this webinar, featuring three experts with unique perspectives, to learn about the progression of animal models, including discussions of improved treatment; successes of regulations protecting animal researchers; and the current status of animal rights. You will leave the webinar understanding:
- The history of animal activism and its relevance to your current research
- How to protect yourself in the event of actions taken against you
- Ways institutions can help
March 8, 2016
Advocate With Impact: How to Communicate Your Science
The way you communicate your science matters. In this interactive webinar, neuroscientists and science communicators will explain how to develop an effective description of your research for lawmakers. In this webinar you’ll learn practical skills, including how to:
- Turn your research into an elevator speech for lawmakers and other advocacy professionals.
- Change your description based on your target audience.
- Critically assess and improve speeches as we review video submissions live on the air.
January 7, 2016
Becoming an Early Career Policy Ambassador
Are you interested in science advocacy but not sure where to start? SfN’s Early Career Policy Ambassadors Program could be right for you. Hear members of the 2015 class discuss their year in the program, activities they’ve participated in, and how you can apply for the class of 2016.
October 5, 2015
Careers in Science Policy
Are you interested in a career in science policy and curious about different paths to explore? In this webinar, neuroscientists working at a private consulting firm and federal government agencies — including through a science policy fellowship — will tell you how they approached their job search to find their current positions. Come away with tips on ways you can pursue a science policy career and the types of skills you may need.
September 1, 2015
Advocacy Around the World
It is important for scientists worldwide to advocate for increased science funding. Depending on the cultural context, your outreach approach will differ — including how and when you communicate with policymakers — and whether advocacy is even a possibility. In this webinar, speakers from the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, the International Brain Research Organization, and SfN's Government and Public Affairs Committee will discuss why their advocacy efforts were successful and what you can do to promote science research in your local community.
February 24, 2015
Congress Behind the Scenes: How Congressional Staff Affect Science
No matter your niche in neuroscience, federal support is crucial. To effectively engage policymakers, you need to understand the congressional processes and players most relevant to your research. This webinar explores the committees and subcommittees involved in neuroscience and how legislative staffers play a role in your advocacy efforts.
January 9, 2015
Becoming an Early Career Advocate
Are you interested in advocacy but not sure where to start? Hear from members of the 2014 class of Early Career Policy Fellows about how they became effective science advocates. Listen as they share their successes over the past year and learn about activities you can implement in your own institution or SfN chapter.
July 23, 2014
Communicating Your Science to the Non-Expert: An Online Workshop
From your introduction to your take-home message, this webinar covers how to develop a short but informative way to communicate your research to a non-scientific audience and how to use this in advocacy, public outreach, and media communications.
June 10, 2014
Advocacy Activities: Good for You, Your Institution, and the Field
This webinar is designed to help advocates understand how advocacy activities contribute to professional success and how to work with your home institution to foster advocacy engagement, regardless of career stage.
October 3, 2013
Meeting With Your Legislator
This short webinar provides a quick overview of why you should meet with your legislator, how to prepare for a meeting, and what to expect during the meeting.
July 30, 2013
From Congress to Your Lab: How Federal Funding Affects Your Science
This webinar discusses how congressional action directly affects you and your science—and what you can do about it.