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Instructor is relatable and clear. Content is useful [for] someone just venturing in Scicomm!

Amy is a great presenter. Very entertaining and helpful.

I like being able to apply groups to understand audience needs.

I wish this could be a whole day workshop.

Good workshop - I learned a lot that I can apply in the future.

Personable and easy to dive in. I can see things learned in this course for not only my research but also my passion projects.

I really enjoyed the one-on-one meeting with instructor.

I really appreciated the workshop nature and learning what all the other students were working on as well. The 1:1 with Dr. Sharma is what makes this science communication workshop unique and super helpful! I will definitely be applying what I learned at SciComm to other presentations and communications I have in the future!

I've learned the effectiveness of telling a great anecdote to help effectively communicate my position.

The facts cannot speak for themselves. Give them a voice.

Everyone has a voice. Maximize yours to effectively advocate for yourself, your science, and your fellow humans.

About the Program

A two-day, 4 hour total, no application needed, science communication training program that guides Science and Technology students and early career professionals in building bridges across disciplines and out into the great community.  A key feature is creation of content that is directly applicable to your core audience. Students participate in pre- and in-class activities.

Content created can be hosted on Science for Georgia's knowledge-base.

Students receive a certificate of completion and can showcase their final product when applying for other fellowships.

Relevant

Get started by identifying and empathizing with your audience.

Concise

Clean, simple, focused talking points and language.

Actionable

Pull it all together in a memorable story.

 The Core Class

This 4-hour interactive workshop will give you the skills to identify and communicate with specific audiences. You will learn how to make your message relevant, concise, and actionable to successfully advocate for your ideas with interested parties.

We'll apply these skills to create a headline, structured outline, and executive summary that can become a presentation, blog, letter, paper, or video. Students will have the option of sharing their content on our searchable and curated Science Engagement Platform. Interested attendees can also inquire about scheduling a community oriented, slide-based talk, after completing this workshop.

Day One (2 hours)

Share Your Passion: Understand why your topic is important to you so that you can share it with others
Know Your Audience: Make what matters to you matter to your audience
Getting Started and Getting Organized: Collecting your thoughts into a main point
Exercise 1: 15-minute small group (3-4 students) session for students to get direct feedback on content creation with instructor

Day Two (2 hours)

Make Your Message Accessible: Basic writing structure to make your prose easy to follow.
Remove the Clutter: Making your prose clean, focused, and simple but not patronizing.
Pull it all Together: Create an action-oriented message.
Go the Last Mile: The final module will address creating an executive summary / plain language abstract.
Exercise 2: 15-minute small group (3-4 students) session for students to get direct feedback on content creation with instructor.

Day Three (Office Hours)

Students will be able to set up 20 minute 1:1 feedback sessions throughout the week following the session to get critique on their final products.

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Classes are $200. You may be able to use "professional development funds" for this.

Upcoming classes are listed below. All include office hours the following week.

Oct 19 and 21, 1130am to 130pm.

Want to host a group class?

We love group classes with associations, lab groups, student groups, book clubs, you name it...

Please check out our full course offering list. Group pricing available!

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Fun Examples from Students

A fact sheet on mRNA from Sarah Strassler.

 

Dr. Maria Misiura was our featured speaker at an Atlanta Science Tavern.

In 2020 - we worked with the Smart Community Corps (A Georgia Tech Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Program) to provide information on impactful blogging. Read their stories here.