To whom it may concern:
I’m writing to ask for your help in alerting graduate students at your
university to a national workshop on science communication that they
may be interested in attending. The workshop will be held in
Cambridge, MA June 12-14th and is free of charge to attend. We have
funding available to accommodate and reimburse travel expenses for 30
out-of-state students and I very much hope that we have the
opportunity to bring one or more students from your university to the
workshop through this program.
If you think your students (Masters or Ph.D.) may wish to apply for
the workshop, please share the information attached below with them.
We will be very grateful to you for your help in reaching them before
the application deadline on March 1st.
Thank you for your consideration.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee for the ComSciCon 2014 Workshop
Applications are now open
(http://comscicon.com/apply-attend-summer-2014) for the Communicating
Science 2014 workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 12-14th,
2014. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science
and engineering are encouraged to apply. The application will close
on March 1st.
Participants will build the communication skills that technical
professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in
other fields, and the general public. There will be panel discussions
with invited experts on the following topics:
* Communicating with non-scientific audiences
* Communicating complexity and controversy
* Communicating for a cause
* Communicating with multimedia
* Engaging diverse audiences
In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for
interacting with the experts and with graduate student attendees from
throughout the country to develop new science outreach collaborations.
Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science
writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional
science communicators, including journalists, fiction and non-fiction
authors, public policy advocates, educators, and more.
Visit http://comscicon.com/programs to learn more about our past
workshop programs and participants. This workshop is sponsored by the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, and
Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, and Microsoft Research.