Outreach Opportunities

SciREN members are engaged in a variety of outreach efforts beyond the network. If you are interested in expanding your outreach, we encourage you to check out some of these groups and/or events for great opportunities to further network and broaden your reach.

Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Seeking instructors for classes for senior citizens in the Triangle area.  Offers about 25 non-credit classes in the science per year to around 1100 seniors in the Triangle.  Classes are typically 6 to 10 meetings with each class meeting lasting around 1.5 hours.  There are no grades, no exams.  Some courses only need speakers for a 1 hour lecture on a topic in current science.  Pay is $300 for 10 1.5 hour lectures.  Audience ranges from science novices to people with Ph.D’s and M.D.’s.

Please contact Phillip Carl (pcarl@bellsouth.net) if interested in this opportunity.


Bridging the Gap – “Bridging the Gap is an annual conference whose goal is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina. It brings together educators, business leaders, government officials and others who play a role in STEM education to share ideas and resources. The conference is organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.”


Ocean 180 Video Challenge

ocean180The Ocean 180 Video Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) with funding from the National Science Foundation, invites ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with the public. The program challenges scientists to create 3-minute video abstracts that effectively communicate the meaning, significance, and relevance of published research to non-scientific audiences. A total of $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning entries, which will be selected by thousands of middle school students in classrooms around the world. Last year’s finalists were viewed and judged by over 30,000
students in 13 countries, which provided significant opportunity to broaden the impact of their research efforts.

Who is eligible to participate? Ocean scientists at any career stage, including graduate students and senior scientists, may enter a video abstract based on a peer-reviewed paper they have published within the last five years.

Please visit http://ocean180.org for contest guidelines and to submit an entry to the Ocean 180 Video Challenge! All questions may be directed to info@ocean180.org.


NCSF_RGB_updateNorth Carolina Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations. Teachers and schools who would like to get involved can apply for one of our K-12 programs. Scientists and STEM professionals interested in spring outreach at their local schools can email ncscifest@unc.edu for more details.