Community Calls

As part of our programming to nurture a community of scientific community engagement managers and those interested in scientific community engagement, we host a monthly community call via Zoom.

Providing support for scientific community managers remains at the heart of CSCCE’s mission. Image credit: CSCCE

2024 schedule

(You can find the archive of Community Call info from 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 here)

We typically host our community calls at 11am EST on the third Wednesday of each month, although speaker availability may result in scheduling changes. Abstracts and speakers will be updated as the schedule is co-created. The listings below reflect the most up-to-date information.

We welcome input about the topics for discussion – both ahead of time and during the calls. Please let us know if you’d like to present – or suggest a new topic for a call!

We will also share information about our community calls in our monthly newsletter.

April 2024 Community Call

Date: Wednesday, 24 April at 11am EDT / 3pm UTC

Topic: Evaluating the impact of short-form training in the STEM ecosystem

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Blog posts: April’s community call

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  • Jason Williams, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Paz Bernaldo, OLS
  • Camille Santistevan, CSCCE
  • Lou Woodley, CSCCE


Join April’s community call to:

  • Learn about the impact of two long-running trainings on the individuals who participated and the STEM ecosystem as a whole
  • Consider a new framework for designing and evaluating short-form trainings in STEM
  • Join the conversation about mid/long-term evaluation methodology
  • Meet others creating professional development opportunities or managing communities in STEM

March 2024 Community Call

Date: Wednesday, 20 March at 11am EDT / 3pm UTC* (please note that the hour change in the US may affect the time of this call in your timezone)

Topic: The garden metaphor for community management

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Blog posts: Introducing the garden metaphor | Download the concept booklet

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This month, we’re using the metaphor of a garden to discuss community member engagement and inclusion, which we’ve been writing about on our blog.

Join March’s community call to:

  • Use the metaphor of a garden to explore challenges and opportunities in STEM community management
  • Ask questions about any of the blog posts in the series leading up to this call
  • Connect with other STEM community managers and build your professional network

February 2024 Community Call

Date: Wednesday, 28 February at 11am EST / 4pm UTC

Topic: The informational roles of community-engaged content

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Blog posts: February’s community call | Recap

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In this month’s call, we’ll share a new framework for thinking about how to share information with your community members, and how the content you create can meet specific goals in your engagement strategy. The “informational roles of community-engaged content” is a CSCCE framework that we explore more deeply as part of our Content Design (CODE) course, the spring 2024 cohort of which (CODE24Sp) is now open for registration. So, this month’s community call is both a primer for anyone creating community-engaged content, and a sneak peek into what you can expect from a CSCCE professional development training course. 

Join February’s community call to:

  • Find out more about the six informational roles of community-engaged content – and how they can be deployed in your community
  • Explore the nuance of this framework – including ways that these roles can be combined in a single piece of content, or as collections that work together to engage members
  • Share your perspective on content creation and connect with other community managers in STEM

January 2024 Community Call

Date: Wednesday, 24 January at 11am EST / 4pm UTC

Topic: The intersection of self care, community care, and community management

Blog posts: January’s community call | Recap

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Join January’s community call to:

  • Share your perspective on how to balance individual self care with community engagement – both as community member and community manager
  • Connect with others in the CSCCE community of practice as we consider this topic together
  • Explore how a tangible output from such a conversation (e.g., a blog post or tip sheet) might best support STEM community managers