Pre-Workshop Requirements

ComSciConCAN is a highly interactive and cooperative event. Several of the meeting sessions will include group workshopping of already-developed science communication pieces. All accepted attendees to ComSciConCAN 2020 are expected to complete the following pre-workshop requirements in advance of attending the workshop. This page currently displays rough estimated dates for when different items will be due. Check back soon for additional details.

 

Write-A-Thon

Through the "Write-A-Thon", ComSciConCAN attendees develop science communication pieces (articles, videos, audio etc) and workshop them extensively with fellow attendees and science communication experts. Some of these pieces may even go on to be published in major science communication outlets. You can see examples of pieces written by previous ComSciCon attendees here.

Although we call this a Write-A-Thon, if written word isn’t your preferred media for communication you can also submit recorded audio or visual pieces for review!

 

Timeline:

Mon. June 8th: Submit 1st drafts to us, peer review groups assigned
Mon. June 29th: Submit peer edits for all pieces in your peer review group
Mon July 13th: Final Drafts due for expert review 
Mon. July 27th: Expert review at the conference

 

 

Details / Submission: More details will be sent to accepted applicants.

 

 

E-Poster (Optional)

 

ComSciConCAN will feature a poster session highlighting the science outreach, communication, and social media activities of our attendees and several local SciComm organizations. This poster session will utilize ePosterboards, so you won't need to print or transport a physical poster. We are not able to offer posters to all attendees, so we ask interested attendees to submit abstracts. You can see examples of successful abstracts from a previous year's program. Selected attendees will be invited to prepare an electronic poster before the workshop. We'll let you know the status of your poster abstract submission well in advance of the meeting so you have plenty of time to work on the poster.

 

Evaluation Surveys

ComSciConCAN is interested in learning more about how best to improve science communication training. We evaluate our performance through surveys before, immediately following and 6-months after the workshop.

Details: The pre-workshop survey will be available upon acceptance to ComSciConCAN 2020.

Timeline:
2 weeks prior to conference: Complete pre-workshop survey
Early August: Complete post-workshop survey
Late 2020: Complete follow-up survey

Deposit and Paperwork

Attendees are required to submit a deposit ($100 cheque), which will be refunded (not deposited) following the workshop. More information on the reimbursement paperwork will be available upon acceptance to ComSciCon 2020.