YIBS Science Communication Workshops and Lectures

February 18, 2017

On Friday February 10th, students and faculty from Yale gathered in Kroon Hall for a day of science communication. The event was part of a larger effort at Yale to train scientists to communicate their work to a non-scientific audience. It featured a panel discussion moderated by FE&S Dean Indu Burke and workshops on writing press releases, social media, and how to engage with journalists. The event had a special presentation by science communicator Dr. David Steen, a Biology Professor at Auburn State University. Dr. Steen uses Twitter to engage over 14,000 followers with his conservation research. Environmental journalists Ben Goldfarb and Geoff Giller gave practical insights into how to interact with journalist and communicate effectively. Event organizer Max Lambert expressed that “the high turnout and constant discussion throughout the event gave a clear signal that early career researchers are really keen to engage the public with their research.” Max Lambert and Rob Buchkowski co-organized this event with support from the Yale Institute for Biospheric studies. They aim to build on the success of this event and continue to work on science communication at Yale. Browse photos of the event HERE and watch a recording of the event HERE.

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