Communicating Climate Science Workshop

14 December 2014, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

InterContinental San Francisco - Telegraph Hill

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Scientists can do more to convey certainties about climate science than many people realize or might accept – for instance, the fact that climate change is already having observable effects. Last year, several global and national assessment reports, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report and the U.S. National Climate Assessment, were released, giving Earth scientists a strong baseline for talking about climate science with the public.

At this interactive workshop, climate scientists of all experience levels will learn how to communicate climate science basics to general audiences, especially during media interviews, including showing how their specific research connects to broader climate science. This workshop will focus on some of the trickier aspects of communicating climate science, including strategies for getting started, tips for engaging various audiences, and advice on avoiding potential pitfalls and dealing with difficult questions. Small group discussions and mock interviews will offer veteran communicators and novices alike the chance to practice creating and delivering messages about climate science.

Speakers include: John Cook, a climate communication research fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland; Susan Joy Hassol, director of Climate Communication; and Aaron Huertas, a science communications officer at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Participation is limited to scientists who are registered for the Fall Meeting and want to learn how to more effectively communicate their research, as opposed to policy professionals, journalists, or other professional communicators. AGU strives for diversity in its workshops and will take gender, geography, scientific discipline, and career level into account when accepting applications. Photography and recording (audio or video) are not allowed at this workshop, and the material presented at this workshop may not be published in any online or print publications (except by AGU staff).

This event is free, and a box lunch will be served. Space is limited, and advance application is required.