SciComm 101 FAQs

Tue, 2019-11-05 10:25 -- maphillips

Why should I participate in this workshop?  

Science communication, also known as science interpretation, education, or outreach, is an important tool for sharing research discoveries and the nature of science with public audiences. Science communication helps build trust in and support for science. It also helps individuals become informed decision-makers by providing them with science-based knowledge and resources. Given its importance, science communication experience is often sought by employers, funding agencies, and more. In particular, this training can help prepare you to develop effective broader impacts proposals for National Science Foundation grants. Attend this workshop to enhance existing science communication skills and develop new tools for sharing your research.   

Who is offering this workshop?  

This workshop is a collaborative effort between the Florida Museum of Natural History, iDigBio, and the Thompson Earth Systems Institute. Read more about our presenters here [link to about the presenters page].  

How much does the workshop cost?  

The workshop is free! Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.  

What is required to complete the workshop?  

Participants must attend both days of the workshop. Additionally, they must apply skills from the workshop by participating in one face-to-face and one digital science communication opportunity sponsored by the workshop organizers. Participants will have up to one year from the workshop to participate in their two science communication opportunities.  

When is the workshop?  

The workshop will take place over two days: Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1.

Where will the workshop take place?

Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road

Gainesville, FL 32611

I can’t attend on those dates, will the workshop be offered again?  

This workshop is a pilot for what we hope will be a continued effort to assist students in developing science communication skills. While no future workshops are planned at this time, we anticipate using feedback from the pilot to guide future programming. 

What materials will I need to participate in the workshop?  

Participants should bring a reusable water bottle. Participants will also need a laptop and camera (smartphone, tablet, or other digital camera) to participate in the digital communication portion of the workshop. If you do not have access to a laptop, please reach out to the program organizers in advance of the workshop so alternative arrangements can be made.  

What will be provided at the workshop?  

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Presenter materials, including tips sheets, how-to guides, and more, will also be provided. 

What will I receive for participating in the workshop?  

Participants who attend both days of the workshop and who participate in one digital and one face-to-face science communication opportunity will receive a certificate of completion. The workshop can be listed as professional development on CVs and resumes, along with any products created for the workshop (blogs, presentations, outreach materials, etc.).  

What are the face-to-face and digital science communication opportunities like?  

Here is a menu of opportunities. You will sign-up for these opportunities at the workshop.


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