Being a scientific community manager

Whether you’re a first time scientific community manager or have been supporting communities for some time, resources on this page will help you to address some common challenges – from time management and making the most of networking to maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders.

Blog posts

AM I a Scientific community (Engagement) manager?

Time management



  • January’s community call recap: (Personal) Resilience and Community (Management) – This blog post contains a recap of our January 2021 Community Call, along with a collection of tips for building a personal resilience practice gathered from the participants in the call, and a host of resources from blog posts to books to podcasts. You can also watch the video archive of CEFP 2017 alum Jennifer Davison’s presentation on resilience below.


  • In the Introduction to the Community Manager’s Survival Guide series, CEFP2017 Fellow Andy Leidolf reflects on the importance of building social capital.
  • In part one of the Community Manager’s Survival Guide, Andy discusses how the creation of a welcome booklet and participant portal helped members of the iUTAH collaboration to engage.
  • In part two of the Community Manager’s Survival guide, Andy describes addressing institutional diversity and power imbalances.
  • In part three of the Community Manager’s Survival Guide, the importance of a shared vision and “project commons” is discussed.
  • Strategies for survival in a newly-created community manager position – CEFP2017 Fellow and first-time community manager, Josh Knackert shares what he learned in the first year of his role.

FInding peer support

  • Online coworking partnerships are community of practice in action – CEFP2017 Fellow, Stefanie Butland and CEFP2019 Fellow, Naomi Penfold share their formula for successful work sessions.
  • Being part of a cohort and finding support in unexpected places – CEFP2017 Fellow, Heidi Olds shares how being part of the inaugural CEFP cohort of scientific community engagement managers impacted her.

And if you’d like to connect with other scientific community managers, join the CSCCE community of practice! Request an invite here.