Thread: AGU 2019 sessions on science communication

Started: 2019-07-17 14:25:30
Last activity: 2019-07-17 14:25:30
Beth Bartel
2019-07-17 14:25:30
Hello IRIS community,

Please consider submitting your work to one of the following AGU 2019
sessions on science communication, or forward this email to someone you
know working in this realm. Thanks!

*PA014 - Contentious communication from the classroom to the chat room: how
to have productive conversations about emotionally charged topics*

Some of the most challenging topics facing the world today are also the
most contentious. It is critical that scientists have the ability to
communicate clearly and effectively about potentially polarizing issues to
a diverse audience that includes students, lawmakers and the public. The
growing body of science communication research can guide us in
communicating contentious topics more effectively, making credible
scientific information more accessible and relevant to different audiences
by recognizing and ideally resonating with their core values and
assumptions. It is also important to utilize the expertise of those
experienced at successfully navigating and guiding these conversations to
highlight best practices using a “tried and true” methodology.

This session will explore the dynamics, research and best practices of
communicating contentious topics, with implications for better learning
outcomes in classrooms, more scientifically-based policy decisions, and
greater appeal to diverse audiences.

*ED011 - Ciencia Para Todos: Increasing Access to the Geosciences through
Multilingual Science Outreach*

Engagement in science depends on access, and language can be a major
barrier to millions of North Americans. To ensure a welcoming, inclusive,
and diverse community in the geosciences, we seek to develop a community of
practice that focuses on Spanish–English bilingual geoscience communication
within the United States and beyond. We invite submissions that highlight
how the geoscience community develops and disseminates bilingual resources,
develops and implements bilingual programming, and partners with
multilingual groups or organizations to reduce barriers. Presentations
including evaluation results and research-informed best practices related
to multilingual science communication are especially welcome.

While the emphasis of this session is on Spanish-English bilingual efforts
within the U.S., we also welcome submissions relating to all multilingual
outreach in any country or community. The session will include time for
presenters to engage in discussion and collaboration.


Film is integral to science outreach and instruction. Along with podcasts,
social media, etc., these media reach a broad audience, including those
that might not otherwise be exposed to science content. Unfortunately,
funding can be a limiting factor for outreach opportunities available to
institutions, organizations, schools, and scientists who wish to connect
with the general public through multimedia. Additional challenges include
dissemination of finished products, finding collaborators, staff time, and
technology and expertise to create quality products.

We explore the methods and anecdotes behind successful science outreach
using film and other multimedia. We invite scientists, students,
communication specialists, filmmakers, and those interested in science
communication to present in this session. We encourage submissions that
share best practices for using film in scientific storytelling, challenges
using multimedia outreach, research-based evidence for the effectiveness of
film in science communication, and examples of projects that successfully
integrate video and other multimedia forms.

Beth Bartel
Science Communication & Outreach Specialist
6350 Nautilus Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80301

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