ComSciCon-Atlanta is a two-day intensive workshop. On both Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, we will begin with complimentary breakfast starting at 8 AM. We will conclude with evening activities (networking dinners, movie screenings) on both evenings, ending at approximately 9 PM. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee break/snacks will be provided on both days.

Learn more about our program in the video linked below and in our 2018 Annual Report, available by clicking here.

General Schedule

ComSciCon ATL 2019 - March 14th & 15th from 8:00am - 9:00pm at Atwood Chemistry Center, Emory University

ComSciCon ATL 2019 Keynote Speaker* - March 15th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at Psychology and Interdisciplinary Building Room 270

*Open to public as part of Emory Centennial Celebration


8:00 am - Check in/Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome Address

9:30 am - Panel: SciComm Audiences

10:40 am - Break

11:10 am - Panel: Ethics of SciComm

12:10 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Write-a-thon

3:00 pm - Improve Playground

4:00 pm - Panel: Data Data Representation & Visual Communication

5:00 pm - Break

5:30 pm - Chasing Corals Screening with James Porter

7:30 pm - End


8:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - Panel: Advocacy & Policy

10:10 am - Break

10:30 am - Breakout Session 1

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Breakout Session 2

3:10 pm - Collaboration & Networking

4:30 pm - Closed door Q&A with Dr. Marshall Shepherd

5:10 pm - Break

5:30 pm - Keynote Address

6:30 pm - Reception

8:30 pm - End



SciComm Audiences

Who reads/watches SciComm? Why do they do it? What do audiences want and need from science writers? Can SciComm be used to address existing community needs?

Advocacy & Policy

The intersection of science and policy- how scientists can take political action and influence policy decisions

Ethics of Science Communication

What is the role of SciComm in communicating uncertainties in science? What ethical challenges and responsibilities are faced by those who communicate science to the public and in various formal settings?

Data Representation & Visual Communication

Using art and visual media to communicate science effectively. Roles and advantages of scientific illustration, animation, and tools and best practices for responsible creation of useful figures, graphs, and infographics.


Breakout Sessions

Storycentric with Janece Shaeffer

How to tell a story, how to engage others. Participants walk away with a practiced story and insight.

Massive Pitch Training

How to pitch a story to a media outlet, as told by a media outlet that solicits student work. Ideally attendees walk away with a pitch written for their Write-A-Thon piece and connections at MassiveSci.

Science & Social Media: Creating an Online Persona

Understanding Social Media Landscape and Tendencies in 2019, establishing and maintaining an online presence, and how to curate an image and gain publicity. Advice from professional social media strategist Manu Muraro on building a brand.