What You Need To Know!


Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day!)

Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Place: Blum Center at UC Berkeley

Conference Description

The conference will focus on the challenges of communicating science to the public. The conference will consist of three, hour-long panels and each panel has a different theme: water, food, and climate change. There will be three speakers per panel who work at the interface of science and communication. Each speaker will discuss the challenges they experience in disseminating technical and scientific information to a lay audience and about their experience interacting with communication and scientific professionals. Each panel will then spend the remainder of the hour answering questions related to the challenges and techniques of communicating science posed by the audience, the panelists, and the organizers. The audience will number around 80 and will consist of working professionals in science and communication and graduate and undergraduate students working on projects that they will be able to workshop after the panels. In the afternoon, the attendees will break up into small working groups based on their project/research topics to apply the techniques and ideas discussed in the panels to their own projects, which can include lesson plans for classes, articles, documentaries, museum exhibits, and books, as well as other mediums. Our definition of communication is broad, but emphasizes journalism, politics, education, activism, and documentaries.

Schedule of Conference:

  • 9-9:45 a.m.: Introductory Statements & Keynote Speaker
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: Water Panel
  • 10:45-11 a.m.: Break
  • 11-12 a.m.: Food Panel
  • 12-12:30 p.m.: Optional Stand Up for Science rally on Memorial GladeĀ 
  • 12:40-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Climate Change Panel
  • 2:30-4 p.m: Workshops
  • 4-4:30 p.m.: Closing Statements