Free SciComm Exchange & Workshop

How can you design a scientific poster that effectively conveys your research and captures the attention of a passerby at a busy scientific conference? On a more basic level, how can you communicate scientific data through compelling visualizations?

With support from the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR, Metcalf Institute is partnering with the Rhode Island School of Design to hold a SciComm Exchange and mini-workshop for Rhode Island researchers.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Rhode Island School of Design Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI

Register today.

Interested researchers may attend one or both sessions to be offered on November 13:

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
SciComm Exchange
Experts will discuss techniques for creating compelling visualizations of scientific data, including large and complex data sets, for scientific and non-scientific audiences.  Participants will have an opportunity to have informal conversations with experts and their peers about effective graphical approaches for conveying data.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Scientific Poster Design Mini-Workshop
Workshop speakers will share tips for designing clear and engaging conference posters using traditional tools and interactive media.  Participants will have an opportunity to work, hands-on, with design experts from RISD to improve their approaches toward creating scientific posters.

Register by November 7
The workshop is free and open to natural and social science faculty, research staff, and graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Rhode Island.  RISD faculty and graduate students interested in applying design tools to communicate science are also encouraged to attend. However, space is limited, so register here by Friday, November 7.

The program is supported by Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) as part of an ongoing effort to help Rhode Island researchers advance their research by strengthening their communication skills.

About RI NSF EPSCoR
Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR conducts groundbreaking research and develops academic talent in the science and technology fields to increase competitiveness in research and development, build a more capable workforce and fuel economic growth in the Ocean State. Funded by the National Science Foundation and state contributions, RI EPSCoR brings together nine of the state’s public and private institutions of higher education in pursuit of a strong and sustainable marine ecosystem that serves as a foundation for Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life. Its partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island,Rhode Island College, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute is an internationally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics.  Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation.  Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057.