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.
Thursday, March 12th
8:00 am - Check-in and Meet 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 - Rendering/Break
7:00 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 Session 1
12:00 pm - Lunch
1:30 pm - Write-a-thon/Breakout Session 2
3:10 pm - Collaboration & Networking
4:30 pm - Closed door Q&A with Keynote speaker
5:30 pm - Keynote Address
6:30 pm - Reception
8:30 pm - End
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 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.