New CSCCE mini-workshop series on virtual events launches 20 July 2021

Starting this July, we’re piloting a new 90-minute mini-workshop format as part of our expanding professional development curriculum to support community managers in STEM. Our first series will focus on planning and facilitating virtual events, with five standalone mini-workshops for you to choose from. Take one or take them all! 

In this blog post, we answer any questions you might have about the virtual events series, but if we’ve missed something, please email us at:

What (and when) will this series cover? 

Each mini-workshop in this series will cover a different aspect of planning and hosting virtual events, with the last session focusing on hybrid in-person/virtual gatherings. While the series builds thematically, we encourage you to pick and choose the sessions that make the most sense for you (although we’d love to see you at all five!). We’ll cover: 

  • Event planning: Making a PACT for engaging virtual meetings and events
  • Event planning: Selecting tools to supplement your online meetings and events
  • Event facilitation: Making decisions during your virtual meetings
  • Event facilitation: Supporting conversations before, during and after virtual meetings and events
  • Hybrid events: Making hybrid events the best of both worlds 

All mini-workshops will begin at 3pm UTC / 11am EDT on a Tuesday, and run for 90 minutes. They’re hosted by two CSCCE instructors and limited to 30 participants per session. You can find more information about each mini-workshop, as well as the dates for each and the links to register, here

Who are these mini-workshops for? 

This series has been designed with STEM community managers and event organizers in mind. If you’re planning or hosting virtual events for STEM audiences, whatever your job title, we’d love to see you! 

What can I expect from the CSCCE mini-workshop experience? 

Each mini-workshop will include expert presentations of CSCCE frameworks and interactive activities for participants to engage with each other and their instructors. Each session is complemented by CSCCE-produced resources, such as guidebooks and tip sheets, to help you take what you learn back to your organization. There will also be opportunities for you to ask questions and seek feedback on your ongoing or future meetings and events. If you’ve never taken a CSCCE training but are potentially interested in taking one of our longer online courses in the fall, this is a great chance to get a taste of how we teach.

What do they cost?

Each mini-workshop is $150 per person – which is fully inclusive of all Eventbrite fees and our fiscal sponsor’s fee. We can provide an invoice and/or receipt if you need one.

UPDATE: Subject to availability, use the code VE55OFF to obtain a $55 early bird discount on each mini-workshop (cannot be combined with other discounts).

I’d like to take this with other members of my team. Do you offer a group discount? 

Yes! If three or more members of the same organization want to take the same mini-workshop, we recommend you reach out to and we can share a discount code for a 10% discount when booking. The discount code only applies to one mini-workshop, and cannot be transferred to another session on a different topic or the same session on a later date. 

I’d like to take all five mini-workshops in the series  – is there a discount for that?

Yes! There’s an option when booking to reserve a seat on all five mini-workshops which includes a 10% discount. That’s equivalent to getting the fifth webinar at half price! 

I’ve already taken CSCCE’s Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF) or participated as a Community Engagement Fellow (CEFP). Is there anything here for me? 

Definitely. The virtual events mini-workshop series is built upon new, CSCCE staff-developed models and frameworks that have not been explored in our trainings to date, so there should be something here for CEFP Fellows and CEF graduates, as well as first time learners with CSCCE. 

OK, sign me up! How do I register? 

Head over to our virtual events series webpage and click on the yellow buttons to register via Eventbrite. Registration for each mini-workshop will close approximately one week before they are scheduled, and we operate on a first come, first served basis with 30 places per session, so don’t delay! 

If you have any questions about our mini-workshops or any of our training and consulting offerings, please contact

Note from the blog editor: This post was edited on 7 July 2021 to reflect updated language about our mini-workshop offerings.