May 20-23, 2019

Maumee Bay Lodge and Convention Center
1750 State Park Road #2 
Oregon, OH 43616

Hosted by Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, and MSU Outreach and Engagement, this Community Engaged Scholarship Training is a highly-engaged program to help scientists understand the role of community relationships and how they can help improve scientific research. We will explore how community-engaged relationships impact participant communities, individual lives, public health, and decision-making. This four-day training on the shores of Lake Erie will include interactive workshops, an exciting field trip, speaker panels, and case studies to see principles in action.

This is an interactive training event. Participants will:

  • Practice collaboration techniques
  • Practice communicating with the public
  • Critically think about incorporating community engagement planning into their work
  • Begin developing a communications plan
  • Practice crafting an engaging social media strategy

You will come away from this training with a new perspective on community engagement activities and their role in scientific research, tools to help you improve your scientific communications, and techniques for engaging a variety of stakeholder groups that you can put into practice when you return to work.

This is a free event, but registration is required. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and lodging. Dinner on all days of this training will be on your own.

Tentative Event Agenda:
Updated 4-10-19

Monday, May 20
1:00 p.m. - Welcome & Group Introductions
1:40 p.m. - Opening Comments
2:00 p.m. - Workshop Overview
2:30 p.m. - Stakeholder Engagement
3:30 p.m. - Collaborative Partnerships with Landowners
Dinner on your own

Tuesday, May 21
8:00 a.m. - Day Overview & Announcements
8:15 a.m. - Principles of Community Partnerships
9:30 a.m. - Case Study: Landowners and Water Quality
10:30 a.m. - Panel: Public Health and Engaging Vulnerable Populations
Boxed Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Field Trip (TBD)
Time TBA - Partnerships for Community Engaged Teaching & Learning and Public Education
Dinner on your own

Wednesday, May 22
8:00 a.m. - Day Overview & Announcements
8:15 a.m. - Introduction to Community Engaged Science
10:15 a.m. - Speed Networking: Citizen Science
11:15 a.m. - Case Study: Detroit River Phosphorus Research
1:00 p.m. - Developing a Science Communications Plan
2:15 p.m. - Case Study: Communicating with Policy Makers
3:30 p.m. - Case Study: Communicating with Journalists
Dinner on your own

Thursday, May 23
8:00 a.m. - Day Overview & Announcements
8:15 a.m. - Practice: Social Media and Video Strategies
10:30 a.m. - Looking Forward: Future Collaborations
11:15 a.m. - Next Steps, Evaluations, Certificates
Boxed Lunch


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Dr. Heather Triezenberg, Extension Specialist and Program Leader, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Michigan State University at or 517-353-5508.