To find more climate and sustainability-related events at CU and throughout our Boulder community, see the Boulder.Earth Calendar.

Upcoming Events

January 30 - Exhibit opening - Invisible Disruptions

Invisible Disruptions: The Cultural Politics of Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado, by Denise Fernandes (ENVS) and Shelby McAuliffe (ARTS) explores the contested territory of fracking along the border between Weld and Boulder counties. A reception, featuring a conversation with the artists, will take place in the SEEC South Atrium and C120c on Thursday, January 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the SEEC gallery space between the South Atrium and the courtyard from January 23-March 20.

February 15-16 - SpeakEasy workshop

Open to all CU graduate, postdoc, and senior undergraduate researchers who are interested in giving research talks to their research communities. The theme for this year’s Speak-Easy is How to Poster (Effectively): Developing & Presenting Engaging Research Posters. Attendees will learn how to share their research in a compelling way, develop a visually-engaging poster, and practice giving an elevator pitch. Participants will be expected to create a digital copy of a poster communicating their research. Throughout the workshop, attendees will work to refine and present their research poster. Attendance will be limited to 40 participants to encourage a more personalized experience. Apply by January 31! If you have questions, you can reach us at

February-March - Story Experiment workshop - sponsored by the Bartlett Center and Center for Environmental Journalism

CU scientists at all career stages and in all disciplines are invited to apply to a four-session workshop on first-person storytelling. Are you itching to learn how to write about your research or field experiences in a compelling way, for a general audience? Could narrative storytelling techniques help you become a better science communicator? Do you want to make your passion for science infectious? If so, then The Story Experiment may be right for you.

A joint project of the Center for Environmental Journalism and the Bartlett Center, The Story Experiment is a brand-new, four-week, free workshop designed to teach scientists how to tell stories about their own work. Led by award-winning science journalist and CU scholar-in-residence Hillary Rosner, the workshop will cover everything from narrative devices to sentence structure. 
The Story Experiment will take place over four Thursday evenings, February 20 through March 12, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in SEEC S228. Admission is open to all graduate students, post-docs, lab personnel, and faculty in any science or engineering department across CU. Admission is by application only; fill out by February 3. Applicants will be asked to propose a specific project for the workshop. Questions? Contact

March 14 - Boulder County Nature Association Annual Ecosymposium

It starts at the top: The intertwined fates of water and ecosystems in the climate crisis


Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Community (SEEC) Auditorium (C120)
CU Boulder East Campus
4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder
All are welcome at this informative, free symposium on changing conditions in Colorado's alpine regions, driven by climate change. Speakers from CU's research community will share recent discoveries on changes in alpine climate, streams, lakes, snowpack, water quality, and ecology. A panel will explore legal, scientific, and community responses that are addressing the problems raised during the symposium. Complementary lunch is provided. Registration requested on the Boulder County Nature Association website.

The Ecosymposium is sponsored by CU partners the Bartlett Center, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and Center for Sustainable Landscapes and Community; and by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder County Audubon Society, and Colorado Native Plant Society.

Past Events

October 19-20, 2019 - ComSciCon Rocky Mountain West - presented by Women in Science and Engineering

The Bartlett Center is proud to support Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) as they host ComSciCon: Rocky Mountain West. Open to graduate students and postdocs from any school in the Rocky Mountain West, the conference features:

  • A write-a-thon: Prepare an original piece, and experts will help you polish and publish it.
  • Panels on media and journalism, advocating for science, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Mini-workshops: Learn how to make explainer videos, influence science policy, get kids excited about science, or turn your science into art.

See more and, if you're a grad student or postdoc, register for this no-cost event on its website.

March 15, 2019 - WiSE Science Communication Symposium - presented by Women in Science and Engineering

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) organized the fourth annual WiSE Science Communication Symposium on Friday, March 15, 2019. Presenters of many genders, backgrounds, and disciplines gave 10-minute TED talk-style presentations describing their research in ways accessible to the general public. They addressed big-picture questions and engaged the audience. The Bartlett Center is proud to support the Symposium.

March 6, 2019 - Bringing science to the table - Engaged Scientists lecture and workshop - presented by the Bartlett Center
  • Panel discussion 4:00-5:00 p.m., 6 March, CIRES Auditorium (Ekeley room 338) on main campus
  • Workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ekeley

Are you driven to make your science more directly useful to the public and decision making? Join scientists from the Western Water Assessment on March 6 to delve into doing usable science. A public talk will be followed by an intensive workshop for early-career scientists. While the workshop is designed for graduate students and postdocs, others interested in producing usable science are welcome to join.

See more on the CIRES website.

February-April 2019 - WILD|TAME exhibition - presented by NEST Studio for the Arts

WILD|TAME is an exhibition intersecting earth science and art, located in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Community (SEEC) South Atrium and gallery hallway. The works in WILD|TAME exist at the interface of the undomesticated and the acclimatized, the primal and the pacified. As humans we try to make sense of the natural world, at once agent and observer: at the front line of an indiscriminate wildfire; in the sway of cellular replication; at the controls of a remote TundraCam; or at the edge of the ocean, coexisting in the stillness of sand and crash of the waves. Artists and scientists worked together as NEST Studio for the Arts graduate fellows, to generate pieces based in research happening in SEEC.

December 2018 - AGU session for engaged scientists

With Max Boykoff of Inside the Greenhouse, The Bartlett Center convened a session at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C. in December 2018. Titled “Engaged scientists: Personal and professional climate action by climate change researchers,” the session brought together leading researchers around the questions: How do personal climate actions influence the professional credibility of climate researchers? How can scientists be trusted voices and also change agents?

Scientists who study dimensions of climate change may ponder how our personal actions and commitments cohere and/or conflict with professional efforts. In the current high-stakes, high-profile and highly-politicized discussions of climate science and policy, our private behaviors are more frequently scrutinized in public space. This scrutiny can spill into claims about researcher credibility, appropriate roles, and the level of responsibility scientists have for being visible leaders in climate action. Presenters discussed challenges and opportunities associated with this state of affairs. They also considered how researchers’ actions can fit into and scale up to larger initiatives moving toward a sustainable society that are currently underway.

See an essay on Medium by Jane Zelikova and Rory Jacobson that they wrote after attending the session.

November 2018 - Communication tools for effective outreach - Engaged Scientists lecture and workshop - presented by the Bartlett Center
  • Panel discussion 4:00-5:00 p.m., November 20, SEEC room S215 (Bartlett Center), East Campus
  • Workshop 5:00-7:00 p.m., SEEC room S215 (Bartlett Center), East Campus

Are you an early-career scientist interested in sharing your work with non-academic partners and audiences? Join us for an upcoming Engaged Scientist Workshop, where specialists from Strategic Media Relations, Science Discovery and the Office for Outreach and Engagement will share insights and tools for engaging with K-12 students, community members and other public audiences and for telling your story to the media and through social media.

Choose two out of four hands-on mini-workshops on telling your story and sharing your science with K-12 students, adult audiences, journalists, or via social media.

Hosted by the Albert A. Bartlett Science Communication Center.

See more on the CIRES website.