Re-introducing the CSCCE blog – An orientation to what’s here and how you can contribute!

CSCCE’s blog is a wealth of information on scientific community management. But, we realized, for many folks new to CSCCE, that information is somewhat buried in the archives. So, this week we decided to take a look back* at some of the blog posts we’ve** shared over the years, curating them so that you can easily find certain topics or collections, and invite you to add your thoughts as a guest blogger. 

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New section of the CSCCE glossary focuses on virtual events

One of the many resources we curate here on the CSCCE website is a glossary of terms related to community management in STEM. We’ve just added another 60 terms, all related to running virtual events! 

This list of new glossary terms was co-created with members of our community of practice during our May 2022 community call. We’ve added them to our searchable glossary, and you can also download a PDF of the collection from Zenodo. 

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Opportunities to co-create with CSCCE in 2022

Co-creating resources with members of our community of practice is an important part of what we do here at CSCCE. It adds depth and breadth to the resources we publish while also being an opportunity for members to both gain a citable publication and give back to the community. In many cases, working on a CSCCE project also leads to new professional connections and working relationships that persist long after we publish the final product. 

So, as we continue our series of forward-looking blog posts, we’re thinking about the co-creating and collaboration opportunities that will exist over the next few months. If any of these opportunities pique your interest, let us know by emailing

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New CSCCE resource explores the role of champions in building and sustaining communities in STEM

Our latest guidebook explores the importance of supporting and encouraging the work of community champions, emergent leaders who take on additional roles within a community to ensure its success. The guidebook builds on our Community Participation Model, which describes how community members engage with community programming and the ways community managers can design activities and events that meet members where they are. It forms part two in a growing series of foundational resources, with more to come later this year.

What is a community champion? 

We define a community champion as: 

​​​​An emergent leadership role within a community in which a community member takes on more responsibility for the success, sustainability, and/or running of the community.

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New CSCCE resource helps you find the right tool for your next virtual meeting or event

Since the global pivot to online working and convening, we’ve been working to create resources that help community managers and facilitators make their virtual meetings and events more engaging. The first two parts of our guide to facilitating engaging virtual events, a recipe book of event formats and a curated selection of resources are already helping thousands of people to thrive online. 

In the newest section of the guide, selecting and testing online tools, we offer a framework to guide how you decide what online tool(s) to use. You can download this section, as well as the earlier two sections, for free. 

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New virtual events resource alert! A DEI tip sheet and a new section of our Virtual Events Guidebook

This week we published two new free resources to help you with planning and delivering successful virtual meetings and events: a DEI tip sheet and the next part of our Virtual Events Guidebook. In this post, we tell you a little more about how these resources came to be, and ask you what you’d like to co-create with us next year. 

DEI Tip Sheet: Captioning, subtitles, and transcription for virtual meetings and events

One of our recent Community Tools Trials focused on how to caption online events, making them more accessible to participants with hearing impairments, varying language fluency, or commitments that require them to multi-task. We discussed a variety of use cases, including captioning live events without incurring major time or financial costs and how to edit transcripts when an AI didn’t understand jargon or a speakers’ accent. This hour-long session, involving several knowledgeable members of our community of practice, highlighted that there was no one, easy-to-use guide available to help community managers or meeting facilitators choose between the tools or methods currently available. And so we created one!

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CSCCE’s Community Profiles Project: First round of profiles now out!

Today we’re launching the first outputs from a project that we’ve been working on this year to better characterize communities in science – and to support scientific community managers, their leadership, and funders to meaningfully compare some of the current activities taking place across the broad landscape of STEM community projects.

The CSCCE community profiles project has resulted in the creation of an initial collection of 13 community profiles – two page PDFs capturing core features of each community from staffing to programming and funding sources. We collected the data using a custom, detailed survey and then translated what we found to a standardized profile template, which was specifically created for this project. The resulting profiles, which incorporate CSCCE’s own frameworks for describing communities and community member engagement, allow easy comparison between different scientific communities. 

In this post we introduce the rationale for the project and highlight the first 13 profiles. In Thursday’s post, we outline how the project was carried out.

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We create and share resources about scientific community management to support the  design, nurture, and evaluation of STEM communities in a range of contexts. While many of our resources are created by CSCCE staff, and build from our ongoing research program, we also co-create some of our resources with members of our community of practice

We’re gradually building out a series of carefully curated resource pages that currently includes:

If you’d like to contribute, for example by creating a case study about you and your work or a profile about your community, we’d love to hear from you (

Sharing, citing, and reusing CSCCE resources

Most of our published materials are made available under Creative Commons licenses for free download. Please note the specific license indicated on each resource as they do vary. If you have any questions about what is acceptable in terms of reuse under these licenses, please contact

If you use or reference CSCCE resources, please cite them as appropriate. We include suggested citations in the majority of our published materials. 

If you reuse CSCCE resources, or find any of them particularly useful, please let us know! We appreciate gaining a deeper understanding of how our work is impacting the field of STEM community management. 


CSCCE offers a range of training options to support scientific community professionals. We are currently developing additional offerings, so please check back regularly or join our mailing list to be the first to find out when new courses launch. 

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Our training philosophy

Learning and sharing together is one of CSCCE’s core values and we believe that in an emerging, dynamic profession such as scientific community engagement there are two complementary learning needs.

  1. The first is the creation of a shared vocabulary and set of frameworks to guide the way we talk about the work that we do – materials that we develop at CSCCE. 
  2. The second is the need for trusted learning spaces where we can discuss our own challenges and successes and learn from one another’s experiences. 

Learning together in cohorts is at the core of how we run our longer-form trainings, which is why we limit participation in multi-week courses to a maximum of 22 participants. 

Our instructors

We are a team of skilled communicators and facilitators, with extensive experience in academic publishing, international research collaborations, and research centers. We’re systems thinkers, passionate about building community, with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Multi-week online courses

Our online trainings are tailor-made for scientific community managers and other facilitators, contextualizing and synthesizing decades of research spanning organizational theory to marketing – all while honoring the wisdom that comes from practice and the value of peer support. 

What you can expect from a CSCCE online course:

  • Synthesis of theory and easy-to-use frameworks to empower you to discuss your work and make strategic decisions with confidence.
  • Contextualized examples to help you to apply key concepts to common scenarios.
  • Worksheets, activities and discussions to support you in leaving with a plan to implement what you’ve learned in your own community.
  • Connection to other community managers in STEM – and multiple opportunities to learn from their experiences and share your own.

The precise format of each multi-week course varies with the course content. Check out the course pages for our current courses for more details, and when each course will be offered next.


CSCCE webinars mini-workshops are an opportunity to dive deeper into some of our core frameworks and models. They are a great way to get a taste of our more in-depth online training modules, or acquire a broad understanding of the importance of STEM communities and the role of the community manager in STEM.

Each 90-minute mini-workshop includes presentations and interactive activities designed to inspire and empower you to reassess your own work through a community-centric lens. You will come away from each mini-workshop with actionable insights and new language and frameworks to discuss collaborative work and community-building roles.

We are currently planning our Summer 2022 mini-workshop offerings. More information will be posted here. 


Coming in 2022, we’ll also be offering a series of shorter webinars (approximately 60 minutes, including Q&A) which will either introduce core topics for those who do not have time to take a full course or cover standalone topics that are not part of an existing course. 

There will be more information on these in the coming months.

Your learning journey with CSCCE

Our goal is to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for professionals in the STEM ecosystem who are working to build and nurture communities. We are currently working to expand our offerings so that you can self-select the pace and configuration of  a learning journey that meets your needs. 

The prerequisite for enrollment in all new CSCCE multi-week courses will be graduation from Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals (CEF) – or an approved exemption. CEF provides community managers of all levels critical language and frameworks for understanding what is a unique emerging leadership role. Participants develop confidence and increased clarity about their role, and build relationships with other scientific community managers. 

Completion of CEF is not required to participate in CSCCE webinars or mini-workshops. 

Courses that are coming soon include: 

  • Communities of Practice (CoP) – In this theory-based multi-week course you’ll investigate social learning theory, the value of building communities of practice, and how to examine and describe your own CoP project. 
  • Content Design (CODE) – This practical, multi-week course will help you communicate effectively with your community members by creating clear and engaging content. 
  • Content Strategy (COST) – Building on the skills you developed in CODE, this course will guide you through the process of creating a strategic communications plan, incorporating multiple content types. 
  • Community playbooks and collaboration guides (CPCG) – Learners will leave this workshop-based course with a community playbook that describes how their community operates. We’ll also review different types of playbooks and why they matter, in a variety of STEM contexts. 

Organizational partnerships and custom trainings

For organizations where multiple staff members or grantees would benefit from community management training, we can create custom cohorts of our existing courses or workshops. Please visit our consultancy page to learn more about this option, or email


My job title isn’t community manager – is CSCCE training for me?

If you are working with scientific communities or research collaborations in an academic, industry, or professional association setting, then yes. Additionally, program officers or funders who oversee community-centric initiatives, or professionals involved in running mentoring or alumni networks, might be particularly interested in some of our webinars. 

If you are uncertain if a particular session or series is right for you, please contact us by emailing

Do you offer financial support? 

Yes. We are currently building an Accessibility Fund to support learners for whom course and webinar fees are a barrier to participation. Please contact for more information about how to apply. 

Do the webinars or mini-workshops duplicate materials from CSCCE courses?

No. Our webinars and mini-workshops either go deeper on concepts and frameworks mentioned in our courses, or they cover entirely new topics. We use similar pedagogical techniques, however, so by taking a CSCCE webinar or mini-workshop you will get a taste of what it feels like to take a longer course.