Funding from Science Debate will be used to organize a series of workshops for women scientists in the 500 Women Scientists network to build effective communication skills, from writing press releases and building working relationships with local media ecosystem. Collectively, these trainings will also offer women scientists the skills to effectively engage political candidates on science issues.
Their $3,000 grant will be used to support the 2019 Washtenaw County Consensus Conference, a community discussion on reliable access of clean water for health, livelihood, and production. This conference will gather a representative sample of community members from around Washtenaw County, give them information on the issues, let them directly talk with relevant experts, and then allow them to give their recommendations to policy makers. This process is unique in that it creates a structured, interactive dialogue between experts and the community, empowering citizens to make informed statements on the issues directly affecting them.