We're changing the way scientists talk about science

Our mission is to develop dynamic storytellers who engage and inspire.

We help scientists improve communication about their research, as well as showcase important, innovative and ambitious research going on here at FIU and all over the world. Our goal is to engage the public on the vital role that science plays in understanding and tackling the critical issues and challenges of our time.

In an era of information overload and disinformation, it's more important than ever for scientists to communicate effectively their work's significance and to bridge the gap with the media, the public and others outside their own discipline. Being able to explain the impact of scientists' research in straightforward, entertaining and engaging ways can affect the kinds of laws and regulations put in place, shape public perception of science, and inspire the next generation of explorers, inventors and scholars.

Scientific study without communication is just the collection of data, which will languish in files. Scientific study with effective communication is power to turn data into action and change

— Dr. Mireya Mayor

Courses & Workshops

  • Science Communication and Storytelling Micro-Credential

    There has never been a more important time for scientists to be able to communicate about their work and to engage publicly on the vital role that science plays in understanding and tackling the critical issues and challenges of our time.

    It is impossible to imagine tackling climate change, ridding the ocean of plastics, or creating safe driverless cars without powerful communication on scientific topics. All genres of science, from climate, statistics, biology, conservation, to engineering, math, chemistry, geology are relevant to how we live and creating policy. The future of science depends on excellent communication and researchers’ ability to explain their work.

    This class will provide the basis for developing science communication and storytelling skills for communicating environmental science to a general audience. Learner will be able to perform an oral and visual presentation, connecting the core competencies and key elements discussed during the course that reflects effective science communication as well as how these core competencies contributed to their overall personal and professional development.

    Who: Registration is open to current FIU students
    May 18 - July 13
    How: Hybrid format with weekly, in-person meetings on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to noon

    To Register

    Email mmayor@fiu.edu with your Panther ID and area of study.

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  • Science Communication and Storytelling Bootcamp

    This two-day workshop will be held in the fall. Check back soon for dates and times!

Explorers & Innovators Lecture Series

FIU is bringing together an exciting series of talks from renowned scientists and experts to discuss the challenges of our world and inspire the next generation of explorers.

Speakers Bureau

Give scientists and changemakers a voice by interviewing or booking one of our engaging and inspiring speakers. Contact Dr. Mireya Mayor at mmayor@fiu.edu.

FIU's Mireya Mayor

Dr. Mireya Mayor, Director

Dr. Mayor is an anthropologist, author, National Geographic Explorer, National Science Foundation Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar who has spent most of her career reporting on wildlife and habitat loss while advocating for solutions to the alarming trends. She is also a twice-Emmy-nominated wildlife correspondent, and the author of Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, which chronicles her unconventional career path.

FIU's Mike Heithaus

Dr. Mike Heithaus

Dr. Heithaus is dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. A marine ecologist specializing in predator-prey interactions and the ecological importance of sharks and other large marine species, Heithaus is the principal investigator and co-principal investigator on grants totaling $28 million. His research leverages a number of cutting-edge technologies, including drones and animal-borne cameras, to unravel the mysterious lives of hard-to-study marine creatures.

FIU's Mark Bond

Dr. Mark Bond

Dr. Bond's research focuses on the effects of marine reserves on sharks and rays. He employs a variety of techniques to examine questions regarding ecosystem dynamics and the ecological role of sharks. His doctoral research used baited remote underwater video surveys to assess the effectiveness of marine reserves for sharks and rays in Belize. His postdoctoral work will expand this research to the wider Caribbean region.

FIU's Heather Bracken-Grisso,

Dr. Heather Bracken-Grissom

Dr. Bracken-Grissom studies the evolution of marine invertebrates with an emphasis in decapod crustaceans. Her current research combines molecular, morphological and fossil evidence to gain insights into evolutionary relationships, biogeography, biodiversity, ecology, origins and diversification of crabs, lobsters and shrimp. As part of this research, she has been developing and applying novel methods for DNA sequencing using next-generation technology. She also explores visual systems and structures involved in marine bioluminescence using deep-sea shrimp as model organisms.