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Here's some information about the workshop from the introductory web page:
Communicating Science is a workshop organized by graduate students for graduate students focused on science communication skills. The workshop will emphasize written communication in particular and be held from Thursday, June 13, 2013 until Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. We welcome applications from science graduate students interested in learning how to effectively communicate their research to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
The 2.5 day workshop will feature panels by science and communications experts, writing workshops, and numerous opportunities to interact directly with the expert panelists. As part of the workshop, attendees will draft science compositions and receive feedback from the experts and other attendees.
Funding is available to support travel expenses, lodging, and meals for a limited number of attendees; all interested science and engineering students nationwide are encouraged to apply.If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact us at ComSciCon@gmail.com.
I've only read a couple of posts so far, but I'd say that he's filling that gap pretty well. Please head over and see for yourself.
Like many professionals, scientists are trained to communicate in a particular way. This isn't a bad thing - on the contrary, it's important and extremely useful. An insistence on precision, a specialized vocabulary and a defined format of communication help maintain the smooth flow of information which is (or should be) at the heart of the scientific endeavour. Unfortunately, the ability to communicate with other scientists doesn't necessarily translate into good public communications skills. While many scientists have those skills, there are many, many more who lack them. Communicating with the public is simply not part of the standard scientific education, which creates a gap between research scientists and the rest of society. This blog is my way of trying to help fill that gap.
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Fortunately, many of the resources used at those conferences are available on-line. One I just learned of yesterday looks as if it could be particularly valuable: Managing the deluge. It's a wiki set up to help science journalists and science communicators manage the enormous amount of information that flows through Twitter and other social media outlets. I manage, but I don't manage well. I plan to stop in occasionally to pick up some pointers. If you're reading this, you will probably want to stop by too.
Hat tip: Emily Willingham (@ejwillingham)
Popova summarizes the points very nicely.
- People learn best in 20-minute chunks. There must be a reason for the successful TED-sized talk format.
- Multiple sensory channels compete. During a talk, you engage both the auditory and visual channels -- because we're visual creatures and the visual channel trumps the auditory, make sure your slides don't require people to read much or otherwise distract from the talk.
- What you say is only one part of your presentation. Paralinguistics explores how information is communicated beyond words -- be aware the audience is responding to your body language and tone. Record yourself presenting to get a feel for those and adjust accordingly.
- If you want people to act, you have to call them to action. At the end of your presentation, be very specific about exactly what you would like your audience to do.
- People imitate your emotions and feel your feelings. If you're passionate about your topic, this excitement will be contagious for the audience. Don't hold back.
Hat tip: Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media.
Joe Romm is a Fellow at American Progress and is the editor of Climate Progress, which New York Times columnist Tom Friedman called "the indispensable blog" and Time magazine named one of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010." In 2009, Rolling Stone put Romm #88 on its list of 100 "people who are reinventing America." Time named him a "Hero of the Environment" and "The Web's most influential climate-change blogger."A couple of months ago, Joe published Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga. While I sometimes find his approach to climate issues combative and confrontational, several people I respect write very highly of it.
Romm was acting assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 1997, where he oversaw $1 billion in R&D, demonstration, and deployment of low-carbon technology. He is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. (from his author page at ThinkProgress)