Opportunities for Public Communication of Science panel discussion
October 1, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Starting with an in-person public panel discussion on Opportunities for Public Communication of Science, this weekend workshop trains researchers in the sciences (including natural sciences, engineering, experimental social sciences, etc.) to communicate effectively with nonscientists such as policy makers, political stakeholders, the media, and the general public. The public panel discussion on Opportunities in Science Communication kicks off the COMM 5660 course and is held Friday 4:30-6:30pm. This session is open to the public.
Learn about the range of opportunities for public engagement and ways to integrate public engagement with your other professional activities. The speakers will share how they got into science communication, reasons why they continue to do so, opportunities and challenges of integrating communication activities with other professional activities, specific skills to work on that are useful elsewhere, and goals they have for future science communication activities. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the panelists and informal discussion will follow.
4:30pm Opportunities for Public Communication of Science panel discussion
(location: MVR 1101 – this is the main auditorium, accessible through the main doors close to the new art installation between Bailey Hall and MVR)
Janani Hariharan, PhD student in soil ecology, freelance science writer
Andy Sanchez, PhD student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, policy advocate
Jasmine Marcus ’10, physical therapist and blogger
Ben Mirin, PhD student in natural resources & the environment, audio and video artist and explorer
6:00(ish) pm Informal discussion
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Supported by Careers Beyond Academia and led by Bruce Lewenstein, Professor of Science Communication.
Starting with a public panel discussion on Opportunities for Public Communication of Science, this weekend workshop trains researchers in the sciences (including natural sciences, engineering, experimental social sciences, etc.) to communicate effectively with nonscientists such as policy makers, political stakeholders, the media, and the general public. Training activities may include role-play, mini lectures, reading/discussion, hands-on writing blog posts and other outreach materials, real-time practice being interviewed for the media, and discussion with invited speakers. Several guest speakers will be featured throughout the weekend. The below public panel discussion on Opportunities in Science Communication kicks off the COMM 5660 course and is held Friday 4:30-6:30pm. The weekend workshop runs 9-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is on your own. Must attend all three sessions for credit.
After participating in this workshop, students will be able to:
- Discuss science communication opportunities, both within traditional scientific careers and as standalone careers
- Begin identifying characteristics of potential audiences for science communication
- Write drafts of short texts (such as blog posts, tweets, and similar items) for non-scientific audiences
- Begin planning for media interviews
- Discuss social, ethical, and scholarly issues associated with science communication
To get credit for the class you must attend all sessions. Enroll now via class roster. If past the add/drop deadline, please email Susi Varvayanis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Cornell netID.
“One of the most engaging Careers Beyond Academia/BEST experiences for me was a science communication workshop that I attended taught by Bruce Lewenstein. This was an excellent crash course on science communication and forced me to think through how the public receives and perceives scientific news and how I could best communicate my own work to the public without over complicating it.”-Felicity Emerson, Biomedical and Biological Sciences