Workshop Agenda

The ComSciCon-Houston 2019 Workshop is a two day workshop that will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 and Saturday, March 23, 2019. The workshop will take both days in full with panels and workshops covering a range of topics in science communication. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants on both days.


Saturday, March 16, 2019 (8:30am - 6:00pm)

            Breakfast and Registration (8:15-8:45 am)
            Welcome (8:40 am)
            Basics of Science Writing with Ana Rodriguez (8:45-9:45 am)
Panel #1: Science Communcation and Science Writing with Alex Stuckey, Dan Cohan, Liz Kruesi (9:45-10:45 am)
Live demonstration Science Interviews with the Press with Craig Cohen and Huda Zoghbi (10:45 am - 12:00 pm)
Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm)
Workshop #1: Practice Interviews with Brian Malow and Jeannie Kever (1:00-2:30 pm)
Pop Talks (2:30-2:45 pm)
Write-A-Thon prompt provided with writing time (2:45-3:45 pm)
Pop Talks (3:45-4:00 pm)
A Science Comedian's Guide to Communicating Science with Brian Malow (4:00-5:00 pm)

March 18th, first draft of write-a-thon due

March 20th, peer feedback on write-a-thon due

March 22nd, revised draft of write-a-thon due

Saturday, March 23, 2019 (8:30am-6:30pm)

Breakfast and Registration (8:15-8:45 am)
Panel #2: Science Communication for Diverse Audiences: Beyond Science Writing  with Diana Marques, Stavana Strutz, Anneli Joplin, Mika McKinnon (8:45-9:45 am)
Expert review of write-a-thon pieces (9:45-11:00 am)
Keynote Address with Donald Petit (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Lunch (12:00-1:00 pm)
Workshop #2: Communicating Science with GIFs with the Amoeba Sisters, Brianna Rapini and Sarina Peterson (1:00-3:00 pm)
While GIFs have been around since 1987, they have surged in popularity on social media and everyday messaging communication over the past few years. Have you considered the value of GIFs in science communication? GIFs can be very powerful for communicating science research, processes, and education. GIFs tend to be engaging, and their ease of use in a variety of mediums can make them a powerful tool in science communication. This workshop will demonstrate several ways that GIFs can be utilized in communicating science and then provide time for participants to go through the GIF creation process. This workshop will mention free tools that can be used on a variety of device types and operating systems. Participants are asked to bring a smartphone, laptop, or tablet for this workshop.

            Break (3:00-3:30 pm)

Panel #3: Science Policy with Stephen Linder, Rekha Lakshmanan, Mika McKinnon (3:30-4:30 pm)
Pop Talks (4:30-5:30 pm)
Closing remarks and Reception pizza party (5:30-6:30 pm)