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  • Writing About Science for the Public

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science Alliance and the Center for Communicating Science

    Registration Deadline: February 23, 2012

    The ability to communicate science to a variety of audiences—including students, employers or funders, public officials, the press, and colleagues in other disciplines—is an important but underdeveloped skill area for scientists. This one-day, hands-on workshop will teach you to write clearly and effectively about what you do and why it matters in ways non-scientists can understand.

    The day will be broken down into three segments: two intimate sessions of writing divided by an interactive group session called Distilling Your Message. The combination of these two workshops has been well received by scientists, teachers, post docs and professionals from around the world.

    In the small-group writing sessions, participants will learn issues of voice, audience adaptation, clarity of organization, sentence-to-sentence coherence, parallel structure and revision strategies. Come away with heightened awareness and confidence in your ability to adapt to a variety of audiences. Each participant will receive individual instruction and time to make revisions.

    In the Distilling Your Message session, participants will learn how to speak at different levels of complexity for different audiences and how to convey meaning and key points without "dumbing down." Use storytelling techniques, examples and analogies to engage listeners and illustrate unfamiliar concepts.

    "The principles and concepts and approaches will find their way into almost everything I do, from teaching, to interacting with other faculty and administrators, to developing workshops for grad students, to working with my institution’s PR staff, to the way I think about the media, and the way I write."
    Morris Grubbs
    Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, University of Kentucky

    Participants must email a 2–3 page sample of their writing within their discipline to by February 23, 2012. Please title the subject line of your email "Science Writing Workshop."

    Participants are also required to bring a laptop to the workshop. Very few people writing by hand can be accommodated. If you have questions or concerns about this, please email with the subject line “Science Writing Workshop”.

    Registration Pricing

    Member $115
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member $65
    Nonmember $140
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember $90