- Saturday, November 13th, 2021 -


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Session descriptions are listed below the agenda.


8:00 AM               Welcome & Introduction

8:30 AM               Pop Talks

9:00 AM               Science Policy & Advocacy Panel

10:00 AM             Break

10:30 AM             SCTN Honorary Address by Dr. Lindy Orthia

11:30 AM             Lunch Break

12:00 PM             Inclusive & Accessible Science Panel

1:00 PM               Workshop 1

2:00 PM               Break

2:15 PM               Workshop 2

3:15 PM               Break

3:30 PM               Keynote Address by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

5:00 PM               Closing Remarks


The agenda for the Write-a-thon Half Day (Sunday, November 14th) can be found under the Write-a-thon tab.


- SCTN Honorary Address by Dr. Lindy Orthia -

Science Communication Histories From Across the Globe

Most published histories of science communication are entirely concerned with Western culture during the past 300 years, or the promotion of Western science communication practices to people elsewhere in the world. Yet the world’s thousands of cultures have been communicating about their knowledge since time immemorial, in some cases for literally tens of thousands of years. So why have they been systematically ignored in the histories science communicators tell? How can we find out more about them, and respectfully incorporate them into our stories about sci com? And how can changing our understandings of history make science communication a less exclusive and exclusionary field? This session will address such questions and more, drawing on diverse examples of knowledge communication traditions from continuing and ancient cultures.



- Workshops -


Creating Effective Visuals for Science Communication with Dr. Jess Hopf

Graphs, plots, infographics, data visualizations, and concept figures have an incredible ability to communicate your science in novel and engaging ways. Yet, as trained scientists, we are not explicitly taught how to create visuals that are truly effective. We often aim for 'eye-catching', rather than functional. This is not our fault, we undertake science, not design degrees! But, with a little training, we can improve.

In this workshop, we will be discussing the basic principles of graphic design and how they apply to creating great visuals that engage and communicate your science. Along the way you'll learn why knowing too much can be a bad thing, how creating visuals is not that different from writing, and that you don't need to be (overly) creative to design engaging visuals. We'll also learn some valuable lessons from the most unlikely of places, parking signs.


Interdisciplinary Science Communication with Dr. Hannah Love & Dr. Ellen Fisher

Working on a team can be a challenge!  Have you ever said, "I hate group projects?" or "It isn't natural for me to work on a team?"  A growing body of literature discusses what makes some teams successful, while other teams fail to launch.   First, Google found that being a good team isn’t about picking the right people, but about creating the right processes and environment within the team.  Similarly, Woolley (2010) found that even-turn taking is important to build the collective intelligence of the group.  We will provide tools, and practical ideas to put the research from these studies into practice.  Second, everyone has probably heard of leadership training, but have you heard of followership training?  Although Western culture generally emphasizes leadership, on many teams, members operate as followers most of the time.  How do you encourage a distributed leadership model?  This training/workshop is designed to provide tools, skills, and resources for graduate students to understand best practices from the literature and to put them into practice.  



- Keynote Address by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed -

Meaningful Communication in the Age of Misinformation

Communicating science is hard. It’s particularly hard when there are baseline differences in how scientists and the public understand science. Here, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician-epidemiologist and seasoned health communicator, breaks down some of the biggest science communication challenges and offers six takeaways for effective science communication.