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Conferences and workshops

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers

About this event

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a one-day workshop "Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers" on Thursday, February 18, 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

We are extending an invitation to faculty scientists, engineers, and Ph.D. students who would like to attend this workshop, in order to learn more about communicating science to news media and the general public, as well as the broader impacts requirement for NSF-funded research.

The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has partnered with NSF to provide resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops, to communicate more broadly with the public. The Web site can be found at www.aaas.org/communicatingscience.

Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, NSF and other funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. Further, scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science.

This interactive workshop will include why science communication is important; the defining of audience and message in communication with public audiences; media interviews; on-camera practice; public outreach opportunities; NSF's Broader Impacts requirement; and more.

Please plan to attend the full day. The workshop will include a joint session with communication officers from academic institutions, who will be meeting separately for most of the day.

Pre-registration for this full-day workshop is required. Please register at http://www.nsf.gov/events/registrations_forms/index.cfm?wkshop_id=22&cntn_id=116211.