Research Community Gears up for Several Science Communications Workshops this Fall
Created by on 8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

By Allison Lea

With the effects of sequestration well underway, the scientific community recognizes the growing need to effectively communicate the importance of basic research. As a result, several conferences and workshops are lined up this fall that aim to improve science communication on a national scale.

On September 23-25, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will host The Science of Science Communication II colloquium to address the challenges of communicating science to the public during a time of rapidly advancing technology, controversial subject matter, and fiscal constraint. The first two days of the conference will include presentations on social media, political communication, and capturing a lay audience, and a keynote address by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The final day will be devoted to workshops focused on communicating climate change and evolution, nutrition and the obesity epidemic, and nanotechnology. For more information on the conference, or to register as an attendee, visit NAS website at:

Research!America, in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Elsevier, George Washington University, and the Society for Neuroscience is also holding a science communications workshop on October 9 in Washington DC. The workshop, Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications: Challenges and Opportunities aims to enable early career scientists to effectively relay the importance of biomedical research to the media and policy makers. The registration deadline for this event is September 20.

In addition, the National Science Foundation has provided funding to COMPASS to host a workshop in December 2013 that will explore how to build a national model for enhancing science communication efforts within graduate programs. FASEB will provide more information about this upcoming workshop as it becomes available.