Confirmed 2017 sessions hosted by ESA SciComm Section

workshops; booth activities; meet-up/biz meeting – details below.

1. Workshop: Branding is not a dirty word: marketing yourself and your science in a digital world

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Many scientists cringe at the notion of “branding” themselves or their science, but establishing a cohesive marketing strategy can help you achieve better collaborators, stronger grant applications, and more exciting professional opportunities. In this lively, interactive workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of identifying, developing, maintaining, and leveraging your personal brand (the things that make you, YOU) to expand your opportunities in research and beyond. This workshop will be led by our new Chair, Dr. Kika Tuff, founder of Impact Media Lab, a science communication agency.

2. Workshop: Improv Your Science: building skills for effective communication

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Scientists are passionate people eager to share their knowledge with the world. However, sometimes the enthusiasm gets lost in translation, and scientists become disconnected with the very audiences they are working to engage with. This workshop will focus on building and practicing skills to strengthen public speaking, adaptability, listening, and teamwork. Practicing improvisation can help scientists talk about their research spontaneously, become more open and direct in their communications, and build stronger connections with their audiences. Dr. Annaliese Hettinger, the ESA SciComm Section’s Secretary, will lead this workshop.

3. SciComm Section Mixer & Business Meeting

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Join us for a brief engaging (we promise!) business meeting where we’ll discuss how to allocate our budget, finalize plans for the next officer election, and start planning for #ESA2018. Afterward, let’s adjourn to a local watering hole to talk #scicomm, network, and catch up. Looking forward to hanging out with you and getting your input for the direction of the section!

4. “Ask a Pro”

We plan to schedule informal meet-ups at our ESA2017 SciComm booth to provide opportunities for you to talk to science communicators working in various capacities (journalism, film, photography, illustration, education/outreach, policy science advocacy, public information, and more). We will post more details closer to the time of the meeting. If you have ideas and suggestions, please let us know!

5. #SketchYourScience

This popular activity will be back for the third straight year! Drop by our booth to share a visual explanation of your research, system, study organism, etc. Every year, we learn a ton about what ESA members are studying and the stories behind their research. And importantly, there is a lot of research pointing to a host of benefits for using drawing to learn, assess, and communicate science. Don’t worry -your sketch doesn’t have to be fancy! The beauty is in the story it tells.

Like usual, we’ll build a list of SciComm-related sessions being hosted during the 2017 conference. So, please let us know what you’re up to so we can pass the word!