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Saturday, November 12 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Comm 5660 Science Communication Workshop

This intensive weekend workshop introduces graduate students and post-docs in the sciences (including natural sciences, engineering, experimental social sciences, etc.) to communication of science and technology (including controversial topics such as climate change or GMOs) with non scientists such as policy makers, political stakeholders, the media, and the general public. Activities include panel discussions, role-playing, mini-lectures, hands-on practice in writing a lay abstract for different audiences – for a personal blog or webpage, for a departmental site, or to accompany a conference program.  There will also be real-time practice in being interviewed for the media, and discussion with invited speakers. Registration deadline November 5.

Instructor: Bruce Lewenstein

If you’re interested in earning a little by helping Bruce Lewenstein with logistics on the weekend of the workshop (room and food setup, keeping hot water for tea, etc.), please respond to him directly at

You might also consider enrolling in this other hands-on workshop:

COMM 5665 Sci Comm Practicum
December 2-4, 2016. (Friday 3-5 pm, Saturday 10-4, Sunday 10-3)
Instructors: Lauren Chambliss, Nathan Seppa

This workshop for graduate students and postdocs focuses on writing and speaking skills for communication to non-science audiences. It will feature didactic instruction on writing and speaking, with particular attention paid to crafting a press release, online writing, and effective oral and Power Point presentation of complex information. Practical exercises have students prepare written materials and instructors are on-hand to provide critique and support. Effective message strategy will be discussed and practiced. Faculty instructors and community members will provide additional feedback for short (3-minute) presentations on the last day.  Students will receive one-on-one input from two instructors who are professional science communicators. This course builds on Science Communication Workshop COMM 5660 (which introduces many types of public communication of science) but 5660 is not a prerequisite. Registration deadline November 25.

****If you have trouble registering for either workshop, please send your name, Cornell ID and netID to Lauren Chambliss.  You will be manually enrolled. Please be sure to state which workshop (or both) you want to attend.

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