Tiffany Lohwater, public engagement manager at the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, said that communication skills are not only important for interviews with reporters, but also for scientists working with students, interacting with policymakers, giving public talks, and writing articles for the general public. "The workshop encourages scientists to consider how they can better communicate to a non-scientific audience," said Lohwater. "These activities allow them to practice those skills that they might use in an interview or public talk and get constructive feedback from colleagues."A nice note: I conducted this workshop on the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, and our audience included some evolutionary biologists.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I led another "Communicating Science" workshop last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago. Here's a look at the session from the AAAS meeting blog. My client shares this perspective in the article: