Communicating Science (ComSciCon) Workshop for grad students, June 2016

Kate Stuart
January 21, 2016
Posted in Announcements

To all graduate students in science, technology, health, mathematics, and related fields at Vanderbilt University:


Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2016 workshop (, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 9-11th, 2016.  Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply.  The application will close on March 1st.


Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance of the workshop is free and travel support will be provided to accepted applicants.


Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public.

There will be panel discussions on the following topics:


·        Communicating with Non-Scientific Audiences through Media Outlets

·        Communicating through Policy and Advocacy

·        Communicating through Creative Outlets and Storytelling

·        Communicating through Education and Outreach

·        Communicating with Diverse Audiences


In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country to discuss science communication and develop science outreach collaborations.  Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators, including journalists, authors, public policy advocates, educators, and more.


Founded in 2013 by graduate students at Harvard University and MIT, over 300 graduate students nationwide have already participated in ComSciCon programs.  Attendees have founded new science communication organizations in collaboration with other students at the event, published over 50 articles written at the conference in popular publications with national impact, and formed lasting networks with our student alumni and invited experts.


You can visit to submit an application or learn more about our past workshop programs and participants. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to


This workshop is sponsored by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Astronomical Society, and Microsoft Research.