Communicating Your Science: Panel and Workshops

Sunday 4 December, 1000h-1700h

Want to be able to communicate your science easily and skillfully to non-scientists? Improve your ability to talk with the public, the press, policy makers and others at our Sunday panel and workshop! There, you’ll learn effective science communication strategies and have opportunities to try out your new skills. It all starts with a morning panel including a USA Today science reporter, an ocean scientist/book author, an expert on how people’s values affect their perceptions of science, and more. In the afternoon, you’ll choose from among four workshops to help you hone your communication skills. The event is free and lunch will be provided. For more details and to sign up, click here. (Registration for this workshop is now closed.)

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Salons 1-6
Cost: Free

Congressional Science Fellowship and Mass Media Fellowship Luncheon

Tuesday 6 December, 1230h-1330h

Have you ever considered spending the summer as a science reporter in a mass media outlet? Or taking 1 year to work for a Member of Congress on Capitol Hill? AGU gives you the opportunity to do both through our Mass Media Fellowship and Congressional Science Fellowship. Learn from current fellows and ask them questions at this luncheon event.

Location: Moscone South, Room 300
Cost: Free

The S Factor: Video Workshop with Randy Olson and Hollywood Filmmakers

Tuesday 6 December, 1900h-2130h

AGU Fall Meeting - Randy OlsonMake your science video a must-see! Three Hollywood filmmakers will critique 10 videos submitted by AGU scientists and talk about the secrets behind successful video storytelling at The S Factor video workshop. Oceanographer-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, writer and director of the feature film documentaries Flock of Dodos and Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy and author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style, will lead The S Factor panel that includes screenwriter Sean Hood, co-writer of Halloween: Resurrection and the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian, and Jason Ensler, co-producer and director of TNT’s Franklin & Bash, who has also directed episodes of Gossip Girl, Chuck, and Psych, among others. Want to have your science video reviewed by The S Factor panel? Submit your video by Fri., Nov. 4! For details on how to submit a video or on attending the screening, click here. UPDATE: Be sure to check out The S Factor blog for Hollywood filmmaking tips, tools and tricks and also to preview the 10 movies that will be reviewed at the workshop!

Location: Moscone South, Room 300
Cost: Free

Climate Science: Reaching Audiences via TV, the Web, and more!

Wednesday 7 December, 0800h-1000h

AGU Fall Meeting - On GlacierWant to learn about communicating climate science across a variety of media platforms? Join this panel discussion with writers, filmmakers and speakers to see how they do it! Panelists include Richard Alley, host of EARTH: The Operators’ Manual series on PBS; John Cook, creator and author of the website Skeptical Science; Tony Strawa, a Catholic climate ambassador for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change; and Dan Satterfield, author of Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal blog and chief meteorologist for WHNT-TV.

Location: Moscone South, Room 300
Cost: Free

Navigating the NSF System Workshop

Wednesday 7 December, 0900h-1200h

How do you make your proposal as NSF-savvy as possible? How do you best describe your broader impacts? What is cutting edge in data management? How do you identify the best program for application? How do you access available education and outreach funds? There are always new initiatives starting at NSF, beyond core programs. How do you identify these opportunities? How are initiatives different than core programs? How can you design effective integrated research? Answer these questions and meet in small groups with Program Officers, get to know what they are looking for, and learn how to ask the right questions, give the right answers,and get funded. This workshop is open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees and will be particularly helpful to early-career to mid-career participants, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding for the first time. This workshop is being sponsored by ESWN and AGU Education.

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate A
Cost: Free

How to Network Workshop

Wednesday 7 December, 1400h-1700h

Networking may be the most important scientific skill that we do not learn in grad school. Effective networking helps connect you with jobs, collaborators, funding, mentors, and recognition for your work. Person-to-person connections also lead to a more rewarding professional experience, reducing feelings of isolation and helping to build support systems and friendships. Our expert panel of networkers can advise on how to cultivate formal and informal mentors, including your peers and colleagues; to use social media and online tools to boost your image and perceived expertise; and to communicate effectively on personal and professional levels to a variety of audiences. This workshop is targeted to early-career to midcareer scientists, especially graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty. This workshop is being sponsored by ESWN and AGU Education.

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate A
Cost: Free

Communicating With Congress Lunch Workshop

Thursday 8 December, 1230h-1330h

Fall Meeting - Communicating with Congress Workshop - Photo of Maeve BolandAs a scientist, you have every reason to establish a relationship with your legislators. Join the conversation with Maeve Boland, former AGU Congressional Science Fellow, and learn how to effectively communicate your science to local and national policymakers. This presentation and discussion session will give you the tools to communicate with Congress – even those with experience can pick up some important pointers at this event. Check out some of Maeve’s tips and challenges for scientist, when communicating their science with Congress. Lunch will be served, but space will be limited.

Location: Intercontinental, Ballroom A-B
Cost: Free

PREVIEW: EARTH: The Operators’ Manual Sequels

Thursday 8 December, 1400h-1600h

AGU Fall Meeting - Richard Alley Join host Richard Alley to preview upcoming installments of “EARTH: The Operators’ Manual” (ETOM) set to air next spring on PBS. Alley is winner of the first “Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication” to be presented during the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting and also a 2011 “Environment” awardee from the Heinz Family Foundation. In the previews, see Alley bungy-jump in New Zealand and in computer-generated 3D form as he illustrates climatic tipping points. Find out how smart sanitation systems can help the world transition to using low-carbon energy. After the screening, Alley and series writer/director Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, of COSMOS, “Creation of the Universe”, and NOVA, will discuss the films and take questions from the audience. Also on the panel are NSF-supported project evaluator Saul Rockman, president of the Rockman et al consulting firm, who will discuss findings from focus groups and outreach events that featured Alley and others at leading science museums, and Susan Joy Hassol, director of Climate Communication and a consultant to the upcoming ETOM program 3, ENERGY QUEST USA, who will discuss choosing the right words and images for communicating climate science. Both rotten tomatoes and roses from the AGU audience are welcome. They may help shape the series and its online components!

Location: Moscone South, Room 300
Cost: Free