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

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



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Bridging spaces$40.00

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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 to 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. Discussion 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

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as navigating pre-publication embargoes; reporting on unpublished research with grace; common, yet unexpected questions during a reporter’s interview; how sources can review articles before publication without sacrificing reporting integrity; and tips about how scientists can best pitch their research to the media.


The goal is to explore and elaborate on issues that affect both scientists and writers at the intersection of popular media. Groups will discuss topics relating to popular science coverage and create guides to navigating a sometimes complex space, incorporating the perspectives of scientists and writers. 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
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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