Make a broader impact.

We’re making science communication more human.



Make a broader impact.

We’re making science communication more human.


Design thinking for science.

Critical to communicating science effectively is the practice of making connections between the value of your research and the values of your audience. Beyond just outreach and interaction, it requires new thinking about how people want to engage with learning. Facts alone won't inspire the kind of support that science research needs in order to continue making a broad impact for our future.


We are growing a culture of curiosity.

Design is a process for exploring human needs, desires, and behaviors. A human-centered strategy in science communication connects with those factors and invites people to a journey for their own discovery, through an extraordinary story in which they are the explorers.


We create more than just ideas and content. We create platforms.

We're not just a small planet in the universe. We're the universe on a small planet. AstroTours is a science experience travel agency.

A creative lab for science and art to share innovative ideas and develop extraordinary experiences in a scicomm marketplace.



Human-centered design for science communication.

People connect with other people, new ideas, and their own imaginations through stories. If you practice research, you have an incredible story to tell and we want to help you share it with the world. We create science experiences that invite people into your research story to inspire a community of exponential growth and support.

We work with scientists, research institutes, universities, private foundations, museums and science centers, and government agencies to...

  • Engage public support for basic science research.

  • Discover new and innovative platforms to launch and accelerate R&D labs.

  • Promote science literacy, diversity, and open access.

  • Encourage bold ideas for future generations of pioneers and explorers.




Federal agencies fund only 44% of all basic science research in our country today. Policymakers are frequently rejecting the support of rigorous scientific research when developing important health, safety, and security regulations or legislation. More and more, the need for strong and engaged support for research will have to come from new sources. That means your science needs to reach a small few giving millions and a few million giving small. Your customers.

The engaged, tech-savvy, always-connected, 21st Century audience is evolving faster than science can measure it. It's time for new science communication strategies to captivate the public's imagination through experience and vigorously promote a culture of curiosity with ground-breaking research stories. Invite others to experience the awe of scientific discovery.



Communication with a human perspective means telling a story. The key to engaging fans and followers is to share your science narrative through multiple channels with a user experience (UX) strategy. Design is the research practice which results in an event, a video series, web and mobile apps, mixed reality platforms. All should be created relative to your user's environment, but your science story is the epicenter of all activity.

We apply these core UX principles to everything we do:

  • Always start with a story.

  • Make it usable, useful, and sharable.

  • Don't communicate to the public. Talk with your customers.

  • Sell the problem you solve, not your science.

  • Why you do anything is more engaging than how you do everything.

  • Just start. You won't learn anything until you do.



We know communication.

Before launching this creative agency for science, our network of experts have worked with some of the biggest and most successful brands in technology, media, and research. Let us manage your communication so you can be the pioneers in science.






Frequently Asked Questions

We're a very different kind of agency. Many of us are scientists in our fields of design research and creative practice, but we're not commonly thought of when institutions and organizations think of science communication. That's all about to change. Forever.


+ Who is SpacetimeLabs?

SpacetimeLabs is a network of award-winning designers, producers, developers, engineers, communicators, marketers, artists, speakers, fundraisers, business developers, and entrepreneurs. Our founder and CEO is Nic DiPalma, a design entrepreneur with a career spanning educational media, public television, network news, brand marketing strategy, and web/mobile product development. Together, we build teams around converting your unique challenges into opportunities and teaching you the creative thinking skills to accelerate your research.

+ Why do I need this?

All research needs funding - for today and for the future. And your science needs an audience to convert those fans and followers into funds. If you want to build greater support and understanding with the public and secure a strong future for your research, a simple shift in perspective can make a broad impact in how you communicate the value of your science. Just start. You won't learn anything until you do.

+ How much do you charge for your services?

Our goal is to create 10x the value (or more!) of what our customers have to invest and we can develop projects to match any investment or budget requirement. We offer fixed pricing for all of our clients so costs will never increase, even if our scope of work adjusts along the way. Most of our project engagements are on retainer for a subscription with a fixed fee each month and access to all of our creative services. Government and non-profit agencies require us to work on an hourly schedule and those rates have a broad range based on the resources requested. Every challenge is different and the levels of expertise we apply vary as needed.

+ What is a science experience?

Just as your budget determines your scope of a project, the same applies to the process for designing solutions to meet your challenges. That said, these steps are critical to discovering and producing the right solutions for you: Empathize Define Ideate Prototype Test Iterate

+ What makes your agency a 'lab?'

Like science, creativity is never 'finished.' We are always exploring and iterating our way through challenges as we discover hidden opportunities for learning. Collaboration and diversity are the tools we use for developing projects and breakthrough ideas. We research, test, analyze, adapt, adjust, and repeat our cycles as necessary to achieve results.

+ Do you help raise money for research?

Yes, but not as a broker to financing, fundraising, or philanthropy. We help our clients and partners present and pitch their need for funding to stakeholders, sponsors, and investors. We also look to the public as a source for support through crowdfunding, donating through social media, e-commerce, and entrepreneurial platforms.

+ How do we get started?

That's easy. Let's have a conversation. It's free and it could save you a lot of time and money, whether you choose to work with us or you want to do the work yourself. Regardless, we'll help you get started in the right direction. Connect with us here and tell us more about your research, your ideas, and your goals.