CEO Forums

CEO’s monthly forum series brings together educators, practitioners, and researchers who share a common interest in STEM education and outreach. These events are open to all. A list of recent and upcoming forums is below. Forums are available for viewing on the CEO YouTube Channel.


Tuesday, Dec 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Distance Learning, Virtual Outreach & COVID: How to Design Effective Programs. The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on the education field, including rapidly accelerating the trend toward distance learning. How can those working in informal education, science communication, and STEM outreach contend with this trend? In what ways can they support educators (both formal and informal) facilitating distance learning? How does distance learning complement or compete with the goals of informal education and outreach programs? In this session, a panel of educators and public outreach specialists will explore these questions and others. Session attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how distance learning interacts with informal education and public outreach, and will come away with inspiration for new collaborations and ways of working. This presentation is intended for educators and public outreach specialists who want to use distance learning platforms more effectively. Register here.

Previous forums this academic year

Tuesday, November 17, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Systemic Racism in Science Communication. Presented by: Dione Rossiter, PhD, Science at Cal. The importance of increasing public understanding of scientific issues has never been more critical, yet many marginalized communities are not only disproportionately affected by these issues (like health and the environment), they are also not well-served by mainstream science media or traditional educational systems and are faced with long-lived cultural and societal prejudices that perpetuate inequality. By directly involving specific communities in the science communication processes, addressing issues of increasing importance to the communities, and presenting scientific role models and spokespersons from within those communities, we can begin to ensure that science communication and education really is available and accessible to all. This presentation is intended for scientists at all career stages and for anyone who communicates science to public audiences and is interested in race and equity.

Tuesday, Oct 13, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Outreach & Engagement in a Time of Distancing. This forum will highlight examples, best practices, and lessons learned from the past 6 months of adapting in-person programs to distance-based outreach and engagement with K-12 learners. The session will include a blended panel presentation plus Q & A. ModeratorFaith M. Dukes, PhD, Manager of K-12 STEM Education Programs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Panelists: Courtenay Carr Heuer, Executive Director, Scientific Adventures for Girls; Anne Sawiris, Site Director, SMASH Berkeley; Tyler Chuck, Senior Outreach & Engagement Manager, Community Resources for Science. This event was recorded and is available on the CEO YouTube Channel.

Thursday, Sept 3, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Belonging and inclusion: improving Berkeley Chemistry’s academic climate. Leaders in Berkeley’s Department of Chemistry discuss collaborative, data-driven efforts to improve academic climate and sense of belonging. Speakers. Chrissy Stachl, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemistry; Matt Francis, Department of Chemistry Chair and Professor of Chemistry; Anne Baranger, Director of Undergraduate Chemistry and Teaching Professor of Chemistry. Moderator: Monica Albe, Graduate Student Services Advisor for the Department of Integrative & the Endocrinology Graduate Group. Co-presented by the Department of Chemistry and CEO. This event was recorded and is available on the CEO YouTube Channel.

CEO Forum Archive (2017-2020)

View descriptions of past CEO forums.

Forums are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you are interested in presenting at CEO, please contact co-chairs Kate Spohr or Laleh Coté.