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New year, new semester, same pandemic. Let's find ways forward together. SCENE is for all of us working in science and environmental communication, outreach and engagement. It is brought to you by the Bartlett Science Communication Center. Please contact us with your info or events to share.




CU Outreach Funding information sessions

Wednesday, January 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CU Boulder faculty, staff and students, are you doing research, teaching or creative work that connects with communities across the state and beyond? The CU Boulder Outreach Awards Committee and the Office for Outreach and Engagement are accepting proposals through Feb. 5, 2021 to support this type of scholarship. Register now for an info session that will provide an overview of each funding type (Outreach Awards, Community Impact Grants, and Micro Grants), help you decide for which to apply, and answer questions about the proposal process. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. A calendar invite with the Zoom link will be sent after you register.

Grad student Art + Science Partnerships information session

Wednesday, January 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Please register by January 18. 
Join a team of artists and scientists who will discuss a new university-community program for art and science collaboration and guidelines for this work. The program and guidelines were formed through research and interviews with art and science leaders nationwide and seek to support artists, scientists and community members in co-designing projects for real-world impact. In the first 30 minutes, Patrick Chandler and Emmanuelle Vital who will give an overview of the art + science guidelines. Then, participants can discuss their ideas and interest in art + science work and to learn about joining art + science partnership cohorts offered through the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement and Boulder County Arts Alliance, who co-sponsor this event. We encourage you to bring a visual representation of your work (web link, image, graph, etc.) to share with other attendees!

Community-Engaged Scholarship Coffee Hour

Thursday, January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Please register by January 20.
Hope to know more about community-engaged scholarship and those who engage in it at CU Boulder? CU Boulder faculty, staff and students new to or experienced in community engagement are invited to a monthly virtual coffee hour this spring, sponsored by CU Engage and the Office for Outreach and Engagement. Connect with others doing community-based research, teaching and creative work; discuss how to partner with off-campus communities; learn about pedagogies and methods; and discover funding, publication opportunities, and support. The theme for January's coffee hour is "Meet staff leading this work."

Student opportunities


Art + Science Partnerships cohort program

Apply by January 27
Interested in partnering with artists and communities to design and implement projects that impact social and environmental issues? The Art + Science Partnerships cohort program helps PhD students in the natural sciences become facilitators of interdisciplinary partnerships that impact critical environmental and social issues within communities. Students in the natural sciences who want to participate in a learning community of other students, scientists, artists and community members, and address issues of power, equity and inclusion in community-engaged scholarship, are encouraged to apply for the program and turn your research into action.

Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) fellowships

Apply by January 31
Graduate students from groups underrepresented in the sciences are invited to apply for a paid research opportunity as a Global Sustainability Scholar. The opportunity pays $8,000 for a 10-week experience in summer 2021. We will be selecting five fellows to work on water-energy-food, oceans, and broader sustainability issues with Belmont Forum organizations and Future Earth projects. Funds have been provided by CU's Sustainability Innovation Lab (SILC) to ensure that a minimum of one Fellow is selected from CU Boulder. Apply through the GSScholar website. For questions regarding the fellows program please check the website or email Maria Fernanda Enriquez at Thank you for sharing this opportunity among your networks.

Outreach and Engagement funding

Apply by February 5
CU Boulder faculty, staff and students, are you doing research, teaching or creative work that connects with communities across the state and beyond? The CU Boulder Outreach Awards Committee and the Office for Outreach and Engagement are accepting proposals through Feb. 5, 2021 to support this type of scholarship. Download information or register for an info session on the OOE website. The annual CU Boulder Outreach Awards (selected by an interdisciplinary campus committee) as well as the office's Community Impact and Micro Grant programs fund project-related expenses such as materials, supplies, equipment and more. Each funding type has its own selection criteria, application requirements and allowable expenses.

Inside the Greenhouse Comedy & Climate Change short video competition

Apply by April 1
Humor is an underused tool in climate change communication; yet comedy has the power to connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting. In this 6th annual competition, Inside the Greenhouse seeks to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful videos, up to two minutes in length, to meet people where they are and open them up to new and creative engagement. Successful entries will have found the funny while relating to climate change issues. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee composed of students, staff and faculty at CU Boulder. See the Inside the Greenhouse website for info on submitting your own two-minute-or-less creation, filmed within the last year. Contest open to all CU Boulder students and any resident of Planet Earth who is not also CU Boulder faculty or staff.
1st place: $400 prize
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $100



Growing Up Boulder, BVSD collaborate on outdoor education

This story in Colorado Daily follows teachers and other educators finding ways to bring (or send) students outside to study natural systems during the pandemic. Learn more about Growing Up Boulder on their website.

2020 Ecosystem Trends Report for Boulder released

CU's Center for Sustainable Landscapes and Communities (CSLC) collaborated with the City of Boulder’s Climate Initiatives Division to host a gathering on cities, ecosystems and climate change. An outcome of this event was a way to regularly track and communicate the status and trends of Boulder County’s ecosystems and ecosystem services, including the health of Boulder's climate, soil, water, air, biodiversity, and urban land cover. Download the newest report from the CSLC website.

Registration open for Future Earth's Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021

Future Earth's and the Belmont Forum's inaugural Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2021) will be held both online and onsite in Brisbane, Australia next June 12-15, 2021. Join us, share your research, and learn from other sustainability leaders from across the global. Future Earth is a globally funded effort housed at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Sustainability Innovation Lab (SILC).
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