ANNOUNCING Strategic partnership between SciComm Trainers Network and the Institute for Learning Innovation



April 21, 2020: The SciComm Trainers Network has formed a strategic partnership with the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) to support the long-term growth and sustainability of the science communication training community. ILI will act as the fiscal sponsor of the Network, house a new staff position which supports Network activity and expansion, and be a thought-partner with the Network to develop professional learning opportunities for Network members.

The Network’s Core Team, composed of Rose Hendricks, Eve Klein, Jai Ranganathan, Darcy Gentleman, and Elyse Aurbach, considered a number of different organizations and approaches before making the determination to partner with ILI.

“The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is unique in a number of important ways. They maintain connections to the science communication trainers community but are not embedded in it. As experts in learning, they study and practice free-choice learning and communities like the SciComm Trainers Network are an ongoing focus area for the ILI team. ILI has a long history of partnering with other networks, such as Portal to the Public, so they have experience acting as an organizational partner for communities similar to ours,” reported the Core Team. “We are excited about what they will bring to the table.”

John Falk, Executive Director at the Institute for Learning Innovation, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the emerging SciComm Trainers Network. The partnership creates a wonderful opportunity to advance ILI’s mission to innovate around free-choice learning in general and professional learning in particular.”

The partnership comes as the Network prepares to launch a search in order to fill a new staff position designed to support the growing community. Applications for this position will open during the week of April 20. Details on the position will be posted on the SciComm Trainers Network website,

The SciComm Trainers Network is supported by the Kavli Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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