The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology has partnered with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, to offer a unique science communication training program. Through this hands-on two-part workshop, participants will learn actionable strategies to improve communicating one’s research with different audiences and increase engagement.  Additionally, the SEI will be the first step in launching the development of the Mechanobiology Museum Cart, which will begin Center-wide involvement at the Fall Retreat.

2022 Dates:

June 9, 2022 | The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

June 16, 2022 | University of Pennsylvania and Virtual


Any CEMB-affiliated trainee (undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc) and faculty member is eligible to participate in the Science Engagement Institute. Participants must be able to attend both days of the program.

Travel and housing will be covered by the CEMB for out-of town participants. Interested members should email Annie Jeong ( 

Goals for participants: 

  • Identify goals for your science engagement 
  • Learn strategies for communicating your research with different audiences 
  • Think about and plan for one concrete idea for implementation 

Big ideas: 

  • Scientists and public audiences can be partners in learning 
  • Audiences connect with and remember science when it is relevant, exciting/intriguing, active 

Program Overview:

Wednesday, June 8, PM (Final time TBD)– Group dinner for participants at University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, June 9, 9 am-4 pm– In-person workshop at TFI

  • Background for science communication
  • Science of learning and the brain
  • Formats for science communication
  • Exhibit exploration activities

Optional Harry Potter Exhibit after workshop

Thursday, June 16,10a-12p ET (9am CT/ 7a PT) – Hybrid at Penn + Zoom

  • Concept mapping
  • Intro to evaluation

Learn more about the SEI and CEMB’s Mechanobiology Museum Cart: