Science communication conference, anyone? One is coming to OMSI in January

For scientists, science students and science supporters, a critical skill to develop is the ability to talk to laypeople about scientific discoveries, research and the general workings of science.

It’s no easy task to translate the complex topics of science in ways that educate, entertain and engage a general audience, but acquiring that skill can help in terms of doing science outreach (often a requirement these days of grant funding), promoting science literacy and even generating interest that can create support for research work.

What to communicate science like Carl Sagan? Start with some training, like at the upcoming Science Talk NW. Credit: Head Like An Orange/Giphy

If you’re interested in developing or honing your science communication skills, check out Science Talk NW, a science communication conference coming up Jan. 26 and 27, 2017.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which puts on a regular fellowship program and other training in science communication, is presenting the conference, which aims to unite active scientists, science communicators, journalists, students and trainees in learning how to talk science to nonscientists and scientists outside of your discipline.

The conference will include presentations, workshops, expert panels, and a science communication contest for students and post-docs.

Keynote speakers will be Jorge Cham of PhD Comics and Nancy Baron of COMPASS Online.

For registration, go to the conference website. For more information, email Allison Coffin with Washington State University or info@sciencetalknw.org.

WSU-Vancouver and the University of Oregon Science Literacy program are sponsors.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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