Engaging with the Public: Why Scientists Need to Communicate Their Work
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Scientists have many responsibilities beyond their own research endeavors, from writing grants to mentoring students—which often means that public outreach falls off the radar. However, having experts that can successfully engage with the public, explain their own work or scientific progress in general, and take the time to understand how non-scientists think about science and innovation is imperative to our society’s health. But where do you start as a scientist and how can you ensure that your efforts will be successful?
This evening will bring together a panel of four scientists and researchers who have integrated public engagement into their careers on various levels (speaking with the media, having an active social media platform, giving public talks, etc). In a panel discussion, we will hear why each of them believes that public engagement is vital for their scientific work, how they honed their skills, what lessons they’ve learned along the way, and how other scientists (especially early career ones) can become involved in science communication activities. The discussion will end with a question and answer period.
Graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty can all benefit from attending this event.
November 30, 2017