The theme of the BES Quarterly Research Meeting on Tuesday 5 April is Communicating Science. Featured speakers include Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun, Julie Palakovich Carr from American Institute of Biological Sciences, and science writer Rebecca Wolf. Contributors also include BES members Mary Cadenasso, Brian McGrath, and Steward Pickett.
Topics include Communicating Effectively with Reporters, Communicating Effectively with Policymakers, Making Effective Use of Photography in Scientific Research, Video Techniques in Communicating Scientific Research, Scientific Writing for the Public, Effective Slide Design, and Clear Technical Writing. The morning consists of morning talks discussing best practice and successful strategies for each of the communication types. The afternoon will focus on working groups to provide hands on experience in some of the methods. The detailed agenda, information about location, and alerts of things to bring if you have them are given below.
BES Quarterly Research Meeting
Organizers: Chris Swan (UMBC) and Steward Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Room 310, University Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
9:00 am Coffee—Gather & Schmooze
9:20 am Chris Swan
Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
9:30 am Tim Wheeler
Environmental Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
Communicating Effectively with Reporters
10:00 am Julie Palakovich Carr
Senior Public Policy Associate, American Institute of Biological Sciences
Communicating Effectively with Policymakers
10:30 am Molly Mehling
Research Associate, Miami University
Making Effective Use of Photography in Scientific Research
11:00 am Brian McGrath
Associate Professor, Parsons The New School of Design
Video Techniques in Communicating Scientific Research
11:30 am Rebecca Wolf
Science Writer and Editor, More Than Words, Odenton MD
Scientific Writing for the Public
12:00 pm Mary Cadenasso
Associate Professor. University of California, Davis
Effective Slide Design
1:30-2:15 Steward Pickett
Cary Institute, Millbrook NY
Clear Technical Writing
2:15-4:30 Working groups on photography, video, writing for the public, slide
presentations, interview role play
4:30-5:00 Sharing group work and insights
Please bring, depending on your interest in the working group breakout sessions:
- A digital camera.
- A video recorder.
- An abstract or short research summary.
- A scientific presentation.
- Your laptop computer.
We will supply a couple of cameras and video recorders for those who are interested in those technologies but who do not own the equipment.
You may park at the TRC without charge and walk to the Campus Center. You must obtain a permit from Sabrina Strohmier in room TRC 102. Metered parking spaces are also available in the UMBC parking facility near the Campus Center.