COPUS Regional Hubs

What is a COPUS regional hub?

A COPUS regional hub is a locally-based community of COPUS participants and science stakeholders that work together within a designated geographic region to promote and celebrate science. Its members are self-determined and can include scientists, universities, K-16 educators, informal science education centers, business leaders, and other professionals who work together to develop or coordinate activities that engage community members in science.

Where are hubs currently located?

COPUS hubs are located across the country. Click on the star-shaped markers below to find out more about each hub.

What does a COPUS regional hub do?

The activities of a hub are self-determined but here are some activities that others have found enjoyable and enriching:

  • Bring together individuals in a community for formal / informal gatherings to share ideas, learn something new, or build expertise
  • Encourage/facilitate collaborative activities that promote the public understanding of and engagement in science with a current focus toward participation in a COPUS rallying event (Year of Science 2009, the USA Science and Engineering Festival)
  • Coordinate promotion, national registration, and branding of local science activities and organizations
  • Interact with other COPUS hub leaders to share ideas, resources, and best practices from other communities

What are the benefits of forming a COPUS regional hub?

  • National recognition on the COPUS website
  • Greater community impact through collaboration and coordination
  • Increasing partnerships to include greater diversity in participation
  • The opportunity to seek community funding to support hub efforts
  • Opportunity to provide leadership and direction in the COPUS network

Individual participants experience great benefits as well! Here are some thoughts shared from participants on why they like COPUS hubs:

  • Amazing networking possibilities!
  • I was able to learn about what others are up to in my region and nationally
  • The Hub is a great way to meet potential partners!
  • Hub meetings make you feel like part of a greater community!

How do I form a COPUS regional hub?

Any COPUS participant can form a regional hub. The Hub Toolkit will help guide you. To register your COPUS hub, please email the following information to COPUS ( admin@copusproject.org):

  • The name and contact information of individual who will serve as liaison to COPUS Central
  • A list of stakeholders and proposed activities
  • A description of the geographic region to be served by the hub

Here are some tips from other hub liaisons on how to make a successful hub:

  • Best to have multiple hub leaders representing different institutions - the hub should not appear to be an initiative of a single institution
  • Best to invite participation by a range of institutions and individuals, each brings their own strengths and assets to the group!
  • Meetings should be on a reasonably regular schedule. If not every month during the year, then set up in a smaller series (for example: quarterly, or once a month for three months). Not everyone will be able to attend every meeting, but that is fine.
  • Each meeting should have an organizing topic. Ideally this is set by the meeting host.

For further information, contact admin@copusproject.org.