Science Communications and Marine Public Information
SCAMPI was established in 1988 as a self-governed network of ocean science communicators sharing best practices and opportunities for collaboration. Its members are made up of communications, public information, and media relations professionals from leading ocean research and education institutions, agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
The mission of SCAMPI is:
- To promote greater communication and collaboration among the communications professionals at institutions involved in ocean science research and education.
- To support efforts to unify the ocean sciences research and education communities.
- To develop joint media activities and other outreach programs to increase public support of ocean science research and education.
- To support, through a unified U.S. communications strategy, efforts for enhanced cooperation and collaboration on global ocean research and education programs.
Benefits of SCAMPI Membership include:
- A network that fosters collaboration and cooperation on media relations among institutions.
- Public Information Officers can respond to print and electronic media queries.
- Track ocean sciences in the news nationwide.
- Exchange latest developments in technology, public relations practices, and media contacts/introductions.
- Pool resources (everything from ship time to artwork).
- Improved communication between institutions and funding agencies.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership hosts a monthly conference call so that SCAMPI members have a chance to discuss latest work and opportunities. SCAMPI meets every other year at a different host oceanographic institution, which offers SCAMPI members the opportunity to learn about other institutions. SCAMPI’s 2007 meeting was held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the 2009 meeting was held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In May 2011, the SCAMPI meeting was held in Washington, DC at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s office. A meeting for 2013 is currently being planned.
Officers – The SCAMPI Leadership:
SCAMPI Chair – Cindy Clark, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SCAMPI Director – Kristin Kracke, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
For more information about SCAMPI or to inquire about membership,
please contact SCAMPI Chair Cindy Clark.