making science communication a conversation

Presentation Best Practices from the Union of Concerned Scientists

You know the drill. You go to a scientific conference to learn about the work your peers and colleagues are doing. But the presentations have slides filled top to bottom with text, there are graphs with text and numbers too tiny to read, and the presenter keeps staring down at her notes, never making eye contact. Just because we've all had this experience doesn't mean this is the only way.

Presentations can be engaging and scientifically accurate—and our next webinar will walk you through how.

ECS/101: Not Just Another Powerpoint: Best practices to bring your presentation to life
Date: Thursday, July 23
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Dr. Andrew Gunther, executive director, Center for Ecosystem Management & Restoration; Dr. Marcia DeLonge, agroecologist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Scientific presentations can be compelling and engaging while still being scientific and accurate. Join us as we present ideas about how to make engaging presentations to both scientific and public audiences, walk you through real-life examples, and offer tips on how you can spruce up your own presentation before the next conference or meeting.

Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

Registration Now Open for Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

Posted: 18 Jun 2015 05:42 AM PDT

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that registration for the 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event is now open.

This national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.

The 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.

Participants will be prepared for their meeting with a lawmaker through an interactive training webinar. Individuals participating in this event will receive training on how to improve their communication skills and tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official.

The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Participation is free, but registration will close on 12 July 2015. For more information and to register, visit

Please share this announcement with your colleagues.



Science Communication in the Digital Media Age

Science Communication in the Digital Media Age 
(from ACS Webinars)

Did you know that the online community /r/science, on Reddit has four times as many subscribers as the New York Times? Today's media landscape is rapidly changing and traditional methods of reaching the public are not as effective as they once were. Join us as Nathan Allen, one of the moderators of /r/science, shares how reaching a new generation will require scientists to communicate in a new manner, and explain some of the rules of this new media landscape. 

Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m. ET