One of the goals of CSCCE is to provide a range of training options and accessible resources to support scientific community professionals, and organizations working with or funding scientific communities.

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Our training activities

We’ve worked with a growing range of organizations to support them in their scientific community-building activities. Our training formats range from hour-long webinars to multi-day training workshops.

We support individual community managers in devising and attaining their community objectives. We train groups of community-focused staff, such as program managers, in cohort-based learning environments. And we work with senior-level stakeholders on strategy development and delivery.

Depending on our clients’ and partners’ needs, we can deliver projects in a consultancy capacity, as subcontractors on grants, and as co-PIs on grants. We’d be happy to talk with you about the best fit for your project.

Training topics

We provide training across a range of topics from community engagement fundamentals to technology selection for communities. Below is a selection of some of the topics we focus on.

If you have questions or specific training requirements, please contact us by emailing to discuss your needs.

Community engagement

  • An introduction to scientific community engagement – exploring what we mean by community in science and the types of organizations building communities
  • Are you a scientific community manager? Exploring what scientific community engagement managers do and the skills sets they use
  • Life cycles models to understand the evolution of your community – and how to match your community strategy to your lifecycle stage
  • Introduction to community playbooks for
    1. research collaborations
    2. member associations and
    3. volunteer organizations
  • Creating a strategic roadmap for your community team
  • Planning and launching an ambassador program


  • User persona research to inform your content strategy – determining your members’ needs and how to create effective, empowering programming that meets those needs
  • Creating community guidelines – and escalation guidelines
  • Communications planning – how to communicate the launch of your community, new event series etc. and coordinate it with a member engagement strategy


  • Technology selection for communities – identifying the technology needs of your community members and how to make sure your team gets the most from that technology.
  • Onboarding communications – planning the first steps in the journey of new online community members


  • Conflict resolution and team-building – exploring styles of conflict, stakeholder engagement, and planning for successful collaborations
  • Systems thinking and working with systems archetypes
  • Identifying and describing orienting values in communities and teams
  • Network-centric leadership
  • Burnout, self-care and enjoying complex, networked roles