Invited Speakers

Breakout Sessions

Rob Nelson

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Rob Nelson is a biologist and Emmy award winning science communicator who currently acts as the director of the non-profit, Untamed Science. He's also hosted over 20 TV shows on Science Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet and Nat Geo. Rob’s passion is educating about the natural world, mostly via compelling visual stories. He also encourages people tell their own stories and is author of the book "How to make science and nature videos" and runs a popular Youtube channel called Science Filmmaking Tips and Tricks . You can find him on Youtube via his StoneAgeMan Youtube channel.


Amy Sharma

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Amy Sharma, PhD, is the Vice President of Science for Georgia. In this role she is spearheading communications training and assisting in achieving Science for Georgia’s vision and mission.  

Dr. Sharma was VP of Product for Prediko, a start-up that was successfully acquired by United Technologies Corp. She has worked in many aspects of the engineering field: spearheading the development of the big data vertical and managing a $1M annual Independent Research and Development (IRAD) program at GTRI, working as an Assistant Professor in Medical Physics at the University of Western Australia, working as an Assistant Program Manager for the National Science Foundation, receiving political and outreach training as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, obtaining a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, and designing hardware logic for advanced server microprocessors at IBM.

Dr. Sharma enjoys difficult challenges, jobs with overly long titles, developing big-picture product and R&D strategies, communicating scientific and technical ideas to non-scientists, brewing her own beer, and smoking food.