Speaking Science

Speaking Science: Communicating with Media, Funders, Policymakers, and the Public
Thursday, January 11
8AM-7PM
Coffman Memorial Union

As a land-grant research university, we all know how important it is to share knowledge with the broader community. It is part of our mission and something we all care about deeply. For scientists, that call to communicate has taken on special resonance in recent years as debates about vaccines, evolution and climate change point to a divergence between scientific consensus and public opinion.

With this in mind, we invite you to join us in a special one-day conference on communicating science — “Speaking Science: Communicating with Media, Funders, Policymakers, and the Public.”  The conference is specifically designed to provide faculty, post-docs and graduate students with a unique opportunity to learn how to better communicate their science.

The one-day conference will feature a keynote speech by Carl Zimmer from the New York Times, interactive training, and workshops and break-out sessions that includes mock interviews with local journalists that will provide participants with invaluable feedback about how to frame their research in the most compelling way possible.

Keynote Speaker: Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2013 he has been a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each week. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life. In 2016, Zimmer won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science.

Zimmer is the author of twelve books about science. In 2015, the University of Chicago Press published the second edition of his book, A Planet of Viruses, updated with sections on Ebola, MERS, and other viruses that have recently been in the news. Reviewing the book, the Washington Post declared, “Science writer Carl Zimmer accomplishes in a mere 100 pages what other authors struggle to do in 500: He reshapes our understanding of the hidden realities at the core of everyday existence.”

Among his other books, Zimmer is the author of Soul Made Flesh, a history of neuroscience. It was named one of the top 100 books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, and dubbed a “tour-de-force” by The Sunday Telegraph. Read his full bio here.

Conference Schedule

Reception Information

A Princely Reception
The Speaking Science reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM). Reception guests will have private access to the Prince from Minneapolis exhibition.

Prince from Minneapolis features photographic images of the late, acclaimed, and globally celebrated musician made by Twin Cities-based photographers.

Planned in collaboration with the Spring 2018 University Symposium Prince from Minneapolis the exhibition considers the forces at work in Minneapolis that helped allow for, and shape Prince. The exhibition explores through the images, many taken in the Cities, and attendant mappings projects also on display, the superstar and this place he called home.

WAM is proud to partner with its University faculty colleagues to present this unique look at one of the most gifted, enigmatic, and well-known performers and activists in Minnesota and U.S. history. The joint projects assert that appreciating Prince’s impact can provide a window on fundamental questions in U.S. and Minnesotan society. By understanding where Prince comes from we can further create a space for reimagining social change.

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Tickets become available to the wider University of Minnesota community on November 1st (add a reminder to your calendar).

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Tickets will be available to the broader U of M community on November 1st. Sponsoring colleges and units will have advance access to tickets.

Faculty and post-docs

Advance tickets for co-sponsoring colleges and units – $25

Regular price tickets – $30 (after Nov. 1)

Graduate Students

Advance tickets for co-sponsoring colleges and units – $15

Regular price tickets – $20 (after Nov. 1)

Graduate and professional student participants do not receive academic credit for Boreas short courses or workshops. You can earn a Boreas certificate, though, and include your participation and skills development as part of your resumes, CV or portfolio.

Participating in the full-day conference fulfills all the workshops required by the Communications and Media portion of the certificate.

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