Metcalf Institute Outreach

Sunshine Menezes - speaking engagementsMetcalf Institute staff are often invited to participate in programs addressing environmental journalism and science communication. Executive Director Sunshine Menezes’ upcoming and recent speaking engagements are listed here.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Communicating Science to the Public
URI Master Gardeners Meeting
February 9, 2019

Past Speaking Engagements

Science Communication Workshop
Young Scholars Conference: Communicating Your Science
October 19, 2018

Panelist at session on the future of science communication and engagement
2018 March for Science Summit: Science | Government, Institutions & Society
July 6-8, 2018

Webinar: Working with Journalists – Why it’s Important, What to
Expect and How to Prepare

Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF)
May 8, 2018

Science Communication Keynote
57th Annual Northeast Algal Symposium
April 14, 2018

Building Public Engagement with Science: Strategies for Success
URI Master Gardeners Volunteer Orientation
March 12, 2018

Getting Your Point Across: Tailoring Technical Knowledge for Broader Audiences
URI Master Gardeners Meeting
March 14, 2018

Setting Your SciComm Goals: Strategic Communication for Public Engagement
Society for Women in Marine Science 2018 Symposium
March 24, 2018

Moderator at documentary screening of Bill Nye: Science Guy
February 22, 2018

Building Strong Relationships with Journalists
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 24th Biennial Conference
November 6, 2017

Story in the Public Square – Rhode Island PBS
Watch Video
September 12, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island

Hera Gallery, Creating Together Lecture Series
March 28, 2017
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Sippican Philosophical Society
March 21, 2017
Marion, Massachusetts

Effective Communication for Engaging New Water Protection Ambassadors
March 16, 2017
Solution for Healthy Water in SE Massachusetts Conference

White House Chronicle
February 12, 2017
Climate Impact on Marine Life & Ocean Ecosystems

Building Leadership in Ocean Science: Engagement and Transition
January 13, 2017
Florida Atlantic University

Grant-Writing Minicourse – Finding Collaborators
October 28, 2016
Presented by the URI Office of Research Development

Webinar: Strategies for Strengthening Environmental News Coverage
June 2, 2016
Presented by the Project for Improved Environmental Coverage

Webinar: Issues in Communicating Scientific Uncertainty
April 15, 2016
Environmental Law Institute

Essay in Public Conference: The Way We Work Now
March 18, 2016
Providence, RI

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Communication Workshop
November 18-19, 2015
University of Chicago

National Marine Educators Association 2015 National Conference
June 29, 2015
Science Cafe: Alternative PhD Pathways

Communicating Science to the Public
June 24, 2015
University of Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program
Kingston, RI

Regime Shifts in Science Communication: Tipping Points, Crises, and Solutions
2015 Fate of the Earth Symposium
April 1-3, 2015
Michigan State University
View Sunshine’s lecture, Tipping the Scales Toward Effective Science Communication.

URI Carbon Tax Forum
February 27, 2015
Kingston, RI.

Data & Models & Maps, Oh My! Communicating Forestry and Uncertainty with Broad Audiences
October 10, 2014
Society of American Foresters Annual Convention

Communicating Science in the Age of Soundbites
May 20, 2014
U.S. EPA Narragansett Ecology Lab

Communicating Risk to the Public
March 27, 2014
Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association

How to Communicate Science, Risk, & Uncertainty in the Age of Soundbites
January 31, 2014
RI Network for Excellence in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

WPRO’s Cumulus Community
July 7, 2013

Capitol Hill Ocean Week
June 6, 2013
Washington, DC
Menezes also participated in OceansLIVE Interviews at the conference on June 5.  The interviews and discussions are archived at

Nautilus Educators at Sea
May 7, 2013
Ocean Exploration Trust Educators at Sea Program

Ocean Tales: Communicating Science at the Harrington School of Communication and Media
April 13, 2013
Talking Beyond Disciplines, URI Graduate Program of English and Writing and Rhetoric

Environmental Film Festival
March 24, 2013
Washington, DC

Winning the PR Wars
March 19, 2013
Bryant University

Narrative Connections: The Award-winning Work of Scientist-Turned-Filmmaker Randy Olson
February 13, 2013
Brown University

Communicating Science, Risk and Uncertainty in the Age of Soundbites
February 4, 2013
URI Chemistry Department Seminar Series