Here’s something fun and innovative: Communicating Science 2013, a workshop this June by and for graduate students in science. It’s been put together by some of the grad students who run astrobites and chembites, online surveys of recent interesting papers in their respective fields. (So who is going to take up the challenge and start physbites?) Details below, as provided by co-organizer Susanna Kohler.
Applications are now open (http://workshop.astrobites.com/) for the Communicating Science 2013 workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA in June 13-15th, 2013. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply – funding is available for travel expenses and
Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. There will be panel discussions on the following topics:
* Engaging Non-Scientific Audiences
* Science Writing for a Cause
* Communicating Science Through Fiction
* Sharing Science with Scientists
* The World of Non-Academic Publishing
* Communicating using Multimedia and the Web
In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country to develop new science outreach collaborations. Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators.
The workshop is organized by the graduate students authors of Astrobites (astrobites.org) and Chembites (chembites.org) and supported by Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Seems like a great event, sorry I’m not going to be there myself.