About the series
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a workshop, "Science: Becoming the Messenger" on October 16, 2012, at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at Iowa State University, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, Iowa 50014. We are extending an invitation to principal investigators (PI), early career researchers and engineers, students and postdocs from institutions and universities in Iowa who would like to learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience.
We are also extending an invitation to public information officers (PIO) communicating on behalf of the institutions and universities in Iowa.
Today, across academia and the research community, there is a growing interest in science communication. Scientists are asking how they can share their knowledge and findings across an increasingly challenging information environment.
Seminars and training workshops are, accordingly, springing up to meet this need. But never before has there been a team like the one NSF has assembled to help members of the scientific community at all levels become more effective messengers.
Featuring three accomplished communicators and trainers--Emmy award winning television producer Joe Schreiber, former PBS executive Dan Agan and bestselling science author Chris Mooney--the NSF workshop "Science: Becoming the Messenger" provides one-stop shopping for those seeking to reach a broader public about their work.
Over the course of this full day of training, participants will learn how to craft a message and deliver it to a variety of audiences. They will also have the opportunity to experience live interview training, to develop writing and new media skills, to hone their public presentations and even to produce video.
Public information officers (PIO) will participate in all aspects of day one of the workshop and be able to participate with the researchers. They will attend a special breakout session designed to collaborate with NSF Public Affairs.
For a specially selected group of RESEARCHERS, there will be a second day on October 17, 2012. During this second day, they will refine their message further, train to talk to their colleagues, public audiences and the media. If you are interested in participating in the second day of the workshop and would like to be considered, please complete the questions on the registration form. If you are not interested or a PIO, simply type N/A in the box on the registration form.
Laptops/tablets are required for Day One and Day Two and power strips will be provided to keep them charged. Also, breakfast and lunch will be served.
PLEASE CREATE A TWITTER ACCOUNT PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP on Twitter, and key your Twitter username into the Comments field on the Registration form. See attached instructions.
Please advise of dietary restrictions in the Comments Box on the registration form
There is no registration fee to attend but pre-registration is required. Please complete the registration form. The registration deadline is Friday, October 5, 2012. However, registration may close early if the workshop fills up prior to the deadline.
PLEASE BE PREPARED TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP FOR THE ENTIRE DAY SINCE THE SESSIONS BUILD ON ONE ANOTHER.
IF YOU ARE CHOSEN FOR THE 2ND DAY, YOU MUST ALSO COMMIT TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.