A scene from a "Connecting with Your Audience" Workshop taught by Ben Young Landis for the NorCal SETAC Annual Meeting. Here, a workshop participant is filling out the Connecting with Your Audience worksheet.


Empower yourself or your institution through a training or facilitation. I offer workshops and coaching sessions in science communication, strategy development, and more.

Recent and Upcoming Events

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#SciPolComm 101: Navigating Policymaker Mindsets
Instructor: Ben Young Landis and Gabby Nepomuceno PhD
April 2, 2021 | Virtual
Invited Workshop, UC Davis FUTURE Program

#SciPolComm 101: Navigating Policymaker Mindsets
Presented for Science Talk ’21

Instructor: Ben Young Landis and Gabby Nepomuceno PhD
March 22, 2021 | Virtual
Registration Information

So You Want To Be a Science Writer?
A #CareerSciComm Workshop
Presented for the Biology Department Colloquium
Instructor: Ben Young Landis
February 22, 2021 | Virtual
Invited Lecture, Sonoma State University


Browse our growing portfolio at www.cr8xt.com/tag/coaching or peruse select offerings below.

To inquire about booking a workshop for your university, organization, or conference, please contact ask@cr8xt.com for more information.


  • Connecting with Your Audience: Tools for Effective Science Communication A lively, interactive primer on conversational scicomm for technical professionals. Created and taught by Ben Young Landis
  • AdSciComm: An Exercise in Getting People to Care About Science A team-based workshop helping current scicomm professionals further flex their creative freedom. Created and taught by Ben Young Landis
  • Helping Science Inform Policy: Tools for Engaging State-Level Leaders — An introduction to California state legislative policymaking and policy communications. Taught by Ben Young Landis with expert guests
  • So You Want To Be a Science Writer: A Tour of Careers and Pathways — A fun introduction to science writing careers geared for undergraduate and graduate students. Taught by Ben Young Landis


  • Personal Branding Coaching — A three-part, one-on-one service helping individuals explore and map their vocational fit and career advancement strategy. Developed and guided by Ben Young Landis
  • Storytelling Résumé Coaching — Personalized coaching and editing of professional résumés using storytelling skills and formats. Guided by Ben Young Landis

Select Clients and Conferences: UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science & PolicyUC Davis University Writing ProgramUC Davis First-Year Seminar ProgramUC Davis FUTURESonoma State UniversitySigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research ConferenceScience Talk ’19Science Talk ’18SCONC Think-n-DrinkSETAC North America Annual MeetingNorCal SETAC Annual MeetingsDuke University Nicholas School of the EnvironmentDelta Science Fellows ProgramCalifornia Department of Water Resources Quality Assurance ProgramCCST Science & Technology Policy FellowshipCalifornia Council on Science and Technology (CCST) • postdoctoral researchers and professors • early and mid-career professionals

Praise for Trainings

This course has helped me to distill my research ‘story’ to communicate the importance of my work to any audience. Every scientist needs more training like this!

Krista Hoffman PhD, President, NorCal SETAC (For “Connecting with Your Audience”)

The ‘Helping Science Inform Policy’ workshop helped me better understand the legislative process and learn how to effectively engage policy makers. This knowledge will allow me to enhance my ability to communicate my scientific work to staffers, aides, and representatives in the legislative branch.

Sara Garcia PhD, Project Scientist, UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (For “Helping Science Inform Policy”)

I appreciated the relationship of “this is how science does things” and “this is how policy does it the same or differently.”

Keighley Reisenauer, PhD Candidate in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Baylor University

Snapshots of Past Trainings

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