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November 24, 2017
ComSciCon Organizers at our 2017 National Workshop
ComSciCon's graduate student organizer team at our 2017 National Workshop.

ComSciCon is a national workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on leadership and training in science communication. Our goal is to empower young scientists to become leaders in their field, propagating appreciation and understanding of research results to broad and diverse audiences.

We are raising money to help with our launch as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We plan to hire a Development Director who will lead our efforts in fundraising, managing funds, and establishing as an independent non-profit organization.

About ComSciCon

ComSciCon operates two primary series of workshops:

  • A flagship national conference series run annually for future leaders in science communication.

  • A series of regional and specialized workshops organized by ComSciCon alumni nationwide.

Since 2012, ComSciCon’s flagship annual workshop series has grown to become the premiere professional development program for graduate-student leaders in science communication, while ComSciCon-local spinoff workshops have provided training in science communication to broader audiences nationwide (with 23 held to date). ComSciCon events have directly served over 900 graduate students in STEM fields. These events have brought together graduate-student leaders who have founded student writing collaboratives, accessible science publications, podcasts, video blogs, and other organizations as a direct result of our workshops.

The core components of ComSciCon programs include

  • Expert Panels, which allow students to join invited speakers to discuss topics spanning all facets of science communication (such as Inclusivity in Science, Science Education, and Science Media & Journalism).

  • Write-a-thon, in which attendees bring a draft of an original piece and meet with invited experts and peers for feedback. Over 80 of these pieces have been published.

  • Networking sessions where attendees mingle with speakers and invited guests from leading national institutions over a meal.

  • Pop talks, in which attendees practice giving 1-minute oral descriptions of their research to a general audience.

  • Poster session where attendees present their own initiatives in science communication in a digital poster session.

  • K-12 sessions that facilitate teachers connecting with graduate students to jointly create lessons to be published online


ComSciCon relies on sponsors to ensure that we can provide transformative experiences to graduate students from across the nation with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, at no cost to attendees.

Your Money Goes Towards...

  • Compensation for Development Director to lead our efforts in fundraising, managing funds, and establishing as an independent non-profit organization

  • Nonprofit incorporation fees

  • Our 2018 national workshop costs, such as:

    • Travel expenses for all graduate student attendees and graduate student organizers including transportation and lodging for all

    • Bringing in stellar science communication experts as invited speakers

    • Conference venues, materials, & catering costs

How to Give

You can donate to ComSciCon using the button below. ComSciCon is a fiscally sponsored project of The Story Collider. Your donation will be processed by PayPal and delivered to The Story Collider on behalf of and for the express use of ComSciCon.

The Story Collider is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.