You know your research is valuable outside of academia, but communicating the importance of your research with non-scientists can be difficult. Resource managers, watermen, community planners, and policymakers can seem as though they speak different languages. How can you translate the importance of your work to people who need to know?

The Advanced Science Communication Seminar is a semester-long professional development opportunity for graduate-level marine scientists who want to develop their skills in communicating to non-scientists.

2016 Seminar Timeline

  • Wednesday September 7 – Participants selected, notified, interviewed
  • Friday October 7 – In-person workshop (VIMS campus)
  • Monday December 12 – Peer and audience feedback session (VIMS campus)
  • Friday January 27 – Final projects presented (Venue TBD)

Seminar Faculty

Katherine Rowan, Professor, Director of Science Communication Graduate Program, George Mason University — Rowan conducts research and teaches courses on science communication, risk communication, and crisis communication. She is interested in evidence-based steps for sharing science, particularly science about physical hazards such as nutrient levels, sea-level rise, climate change, dwindling species, and other concerns.

Ian Vorster, Communications Program Manager for Virginia Sea Grant — Vorster has degrees in photography and geography, and holds a master of science with an emphasis in environmental communications. He guides strategic and tactical decisions about sharing coastal science with community, regulatory, and commercial audiences.

Allison Engblom, Graduate Student, George Mason University — Engblom has B.S. in Biology with an ecology emphasis, and is currently working towards her masters in science communication. She is interested in how environmental issues and risks are communicated to various audiences, specifically, the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and marine environments.

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