2019 has been a year of great firsts for ComSciCon. We had our first event in Canada, our first event in Florida, our first event just for physical scientists, our first event at Virginia Tech, and those are just the new franchises that have become part of the ComSciCon community.
But part of the story of 2019 for ComSciCon has also been continued excellence and building on our established programs. To wit, our ComSciCon-MI team has just taken a reflective look back at their highly succesful second annual workshop for graduate student science communicators in Michigan.
You can download their full report here. Below we quote from their letter to sponsors and supporters included in the report.
This year marked Michigan’s second annual Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon), and we are so thankful for new and ongoing support, encouragement, and enthusiasm we received.
Michigan has an investment in science communication, with multiple resources and programs spanning the state. Many of these resources cater to graduate students in the sciences. This investment was further clear in the generous financial support we received from organizations and university departments at both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan along with the excitement from our talented speakers, workshop leaders, and editors, wonderful volunteers, and best of all our impressive attendees. This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors.
This year, we received over 100 applications for 60 spots, which made the selection process very competitive. This is evidence that there is a great demand for the skills that conferences like ComSciCon can offer to the local community. We hope that Michigan’s workshop will continue to serve as a resource for more people in and around the Midwest.
We would also like to thank our invited workshop leaders, their affiliated organizations, our expert editors, and speakers, including our keynote speaker Dr. Samantha Yammine. We thank our local attendees who shared their living spaces with traveling attendees for the two-day event. As a workshop designed for graduate students by graduate students, many thanks to the organizing team are also in order.
The following pages include information about our program, feedback from attendees, attendee demographics, along with funding and budget information. We hope that this report provides a clear snapshot of ComSciCon-Michigan 2019, of its success, and of its continued impact on the local science communication community.
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