Public Communication for Researchers - Carnegie Mellon University

PCR: A Professional Development Program

The public perception of science impacts us all, affecting the freedom to do our work, the funding of our research, and the policies that shape our world. The extent to which science informs public decisions depends on how well our community is trusted, heard, and understood.

It is not enough for researchers to do good work without explaining why it matters. When we stay silent on the sidelines, we yield the conversation to those with the most money, not the most information.

You can change the conversation. Join us for a series of free seminars and workshops in public communication. Get practical advice from successful professionals with first-hand experience in science communication.

Last Semester's Seminars

3-Minute Thesis Why are Facts Not Enough?
The Art of Argument

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PCR seminars are finished for the semester, but we'll have some social events over the summer. For details, check out our Google Calendar or sign up for our mailing list below.

the pcr blog has launched!

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The PCR group blog is now up! Check out for articles on pothole physics, why computers in Denver make more mistakes, the ethics of animal research, and more.

Want to share your excitement about science with the rest of the world? Join the blog team! Blogging meetings take place on Thursdays from 6-7 PM in Scaife Hall 212. No prior experience required. Email the blog team to learn more.

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