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ComSciCon: Science Communication Workshop for Graduate Students

Nathan Sanders writes:

A few years ago, you were kind enough to post a notice on your blog about our science communication conference by grad students, for grad students (ComSciCon). I thought I’d let you know that our program has been going strong and growing, and we’re excited to have opened our application for the 2017 workshop (open through March 1). Below is a blurb.

For both ComSciCon and our sister program of ‘bites’ sites, I [Sanders] also remain really interested in finding grad students or other statisticians who share an interest in communication to diverse audiences. The bites sites are daily readers’ digests of the literature in different fields for authored by graduate students and aimed at undergrads (e.g. see Astrobites, http://astrobites.com). We have a variety of initiatives to help this model to spread to other fields and to bring these resources into classrooms.

Here’s the blurb:

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2017, the 5th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 8-10th 2017. Graduate students at U.S. institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Media and Journalism, Science Advocacy, and Diversity in Science Communication), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

You can visit our website to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants. You can also follow us on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon17 ! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at comscicon17@comscicon.org .

I have no connection to this conference but I think it’s a good general idea, so I hope it goes well.

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