Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers
Date: 02/12/09 8:30 am - 02/12/09 5:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Attendance: Faculty scientists, Engineers, Ph.D. students

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) offer this one-day workshop for faculty scientists, engineers, and Ph.D. students who would like to learn more about communicating science to news media and the general public, as well as the broader impacts requirement for NSF-funded research. Please feel free to forward this invitation to other researchers at your institution who might be interested.

The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology has partnered with NSF to provide resources for scientists and engineers, both online and through in-person workshops, to communicate more broadly with the public. The Web site can be found at the URL below.

Although traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists and engineers to be effective communicators outside of academia, NSF and other funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to extend beyond peer-reviewed publishing and communicate their results directly to the greater public. Further, scientists and engineers who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for the public communication of and engagement with science.

There is no registration fee to attend this workshop; however, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please register by Friday, January 30, 2008. You can register (PDF, 61 KB) by sending the requested information by email to or by faxing the registration as indicated on the form.

Please plan to attend the full day. We expect that both those who are interested in science communication and those who are already familiar with ways to communicate science broadly will find this workshop useful and informative.  The workshop will include a joint session with communication officers from academic institutions, who will be meeting separately for most of the day.

Registration form (PDF, 61 KB)
Agenda (PDF, 50 KB)

Contact Name: Susan Mason, NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Contact Email:

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