ComSciCon-Atlanta 2020 is a two-day intensive workshop. On both Thursday and Friday 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 at 9 PM.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee break/snacks will be provided on both days. Dinner will be provided Thursday night.

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

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 12th 

8:00 am - Check-in and breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome Address

9:30 am - Panel 1: Science Communication Outlets

10:40 am - Coffee Break 

11:10 am - Panel 2: Public Outreach

12:20 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Video Making w/ Untamed Science & Adobe 101 with Yvonne Blanco

3:30 pm - Break

4:00 pm - Video Making w/ Untamed Science & Adobe 101 with Yvonne Blanco

6:00 pm - Break

6:30 pm - Dinner & Showcase

Friday, March 13th

8:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - Panel 3: Science & Policy

10:10 am - Coffee Break

10:30 am - Write-a-thon & Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Write-a-thon & Breakout Sessions

3:10 pm - Networking

4:30 pm - Closed door Q&A with Keynote speaker

5:30 pm - Reception



Panel 1: Science Communication Outlets

A discussion about the different science communication outlets, their main differences, topics and audiences, and the pros and cons of each outlet.

Panel 2: Public Outreach

Public outreach: how to deal with public interests and concerns, and how to make your topic relevant.

Panel 3: Science and Policy

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


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A: Video Making with Rob Nelson of Untamed Science

You will learn how to use video as a medium to communicate your research with the tools in your pockets. Rob Nelson will guide you through the importance of storytelling and the process of creating a video. You will create a short ~2 minute video using your phone to shoot and edit your video that will be shared with the rest of the attendees during Dinner. The goal is to create a video that can be shared on social media for your intended audience to engage with.

Breakout Session B: Adobe 101 with Yvonne Blanco

We often revert to power point to create graphs, presentations, and posters to share our research. Yvonne will guide you through the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create compelling poser, inforgraphic, or data representation of your resaerch that you can use to 

Mini-Breakout Session A: From Idea to Execution with Amy Sharma from Science for Georgia

Amy will guide you toward framing your idea in a way that is relevant, concise, and actionable. You will create a 256-character headline and a topical outline that can be used to build a paper, article, speech, or presentation that will resonate with your audience and drive them to action.

Mini-Breakout Session B: Science Communication on Social Media with Alejandra Ruiz

Alejandra will help you to understand how to use Instagram as a platform for communicating science with your audience.