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Collaborative Workshop: Bridging the Space Between the Lab and the Press

September 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Members receive a discount for year-round events. For our first-ever workshop, members will receive a discount of 50%. Non-member price for the workshop is $40, but $20 for Practicing Professional, Associate, and Student Members. Sign-up to become a member (https://www.atxsciwri.org/join/) before registering for the discount. After your membership is approved, the discount will be automatically applied to your shopping cart.



This inaugural full-day workshop featuring an expert panel and break-out sessions will explore spaces where scientists and science communicators interact, offering an unprecedented perspective into each others’ perception of popular science media coverage. Results will be disseminated to the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) for use nationwide. Funding for the workshop was provided by a NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant.


Featuring panelists:

Dr. Susan Hovorka // Scientist

Dr. Susan Hovorka is a senior research scientist in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin studying how to reduce green house emissions by geologic carbon sequestration. Hovorka also helps facilitate communication between scientists and the  public, focusing on pre-college students and teachers, particularly regarding energy security and climate mitigation technology.


Dr. Juli Berwald // Science Writer

Dr. Juli Berwald is an ocean scientist and science writer who has written for outlets such as National Geographic magazine, Discover magazine, Wired.com, The Huffington Post, Slate, and several other popular science outlets. By combining science and memoir, Berwald told her story of the thread of science throughout her life in her recently published book, Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.


Marc Airhart // Moderator

Mar Airhart has more than 15 years of experience as a science communicator. He is currently a communications coordinator and science writer embedded in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the contact point between many writers, journalists, and news outlets and the scientific research that goes on at the university. He produces the Point of Discovery Podcast.


Collaborative discussion and breakout sessions

During a time when media and scientific public distrust makes daily headlines and the pressure puts more demand on scientists and communicators, scientists and the press need to connect. This workshop aims to break barriers to scientist and media interaction and foster the partnership with aligned, collective interests: public education and scientific literacy.

During breakout sessions of the Bridging Spaces workshop, in addition to learning the various skills and strategic use of writing, participants will help compile an expert-sourced guide that reduces the complication and frustration of media coverage, and writers will learn more about what scientists want them to know, questions they never get asked but want you to know, what that last conference coverage was like. Both will leave with a local Rolodex of sources and connections to amplify their work without complicating their workload.

Ever had a question or comment on how journalists, writers, and communicators do their work? Bring it for discussion.

ATXSciWri directors will polish and deliver results to the nation’s largest association for science writers, the National Association of Science Writers, with the opportunity for science writers and communication-savvy scientists nationwide to adapt those results.

Refreshments and lunch provided!





September 22, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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10300 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78754 United States
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