ComSciCon-GTA 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 ComSciCon-GTA 2020 are expected to complete the following pre-workshop requirements in advance of attending the workshop.
Through the "Write-A-Thon", ComSciCon-GTA 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!
Late July: Peer editing groups assigned
Friday, August 7: First draft due: 2-3 pages (<1000 words) written or 5 minutes of multimedia
Friday, August 21: Peer edits due
Friday, September 4: Revised draft due (sent to experts)
After conference: Virtual expert review
Details/Submission: More details will be sent to accepted applicants.
ComSciCon-GTA 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 ComSciCon-GTA 2020.
2 weeks prior to conference: Complete pre-workshop survey
2 weeks post conference: Complete post-workshop survey
Late 2020/Early 2021: Complete follow-up survey
Deposit and Paperwork
Attendees are required to submit a deposit ($50 cheque), which will be only be deposited following the workshop if an attendee is a no-show. More information will be available upon acceptance to ComSciCon-GTA 2020.