OMSI workshop offers opportunity to hone science communication skills

Ever had to explain RNAi to public audiences? What about gravitational waves? How about clarifying what a “theory” means to a scientist (go to the last graph here)?

Yep, been there, done that, but translating complex scientific information to lay audiences can always pose a challenge, even to the most experienced of science writers out there.


If translating science for a general audience feels as unfamiliar as using one of these, check out OMSI’s upcoming workshop for help.

If you’re a professional working in science, technology, engineering and math who’d like to hone your skills in science communication, check the next offering in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Communication Extensions workshops.

“Communicating Science: Writing for Public Audiences” will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the museum.

Participants in the three-hour workshop will learn how science writers distill complex research into clear, concise stories and get a chance to practice writing brief articles about their research and the work of other scientists. Other topics will include the effective use of graphic design to complement writing, interviewing tips and information about pursuing careers in science writing. Workshop-goers are asked to bring laptops with text-editing programs if they have them.

Communications Extensions is an occasional workshop series that highlights various aspects of communicating science.

Cost is $40, unless you are an OMSI Fellow, in which case the workshop will be free.

To reserve your spot, go to the OMSI ticket page for this event.

For more information, contact Amanda Fisher, OMSI Fellowship Program coordinator, at or 503-797-4635.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
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