One of the lessons of 2020 is in the importance of communicating science topics to a lay audience.

College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor Allison Coffin is a resident expert on the topic. Each year she heads up the Science Talk conference to empower and inspire the science communication community to expand their potential and affect the world.

“We define ‘science communicators’ as anyone who engages in science communication and outreach activities—graduate students who write blogs, faculty who give talks, researchers, trainers, public information officers, science writers, museum and zoo professionals, YouTube content creators and more,” Coffin said.

Science Talk ‘21
is taking place virtually March 24–26. The conference agenda includes keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, presentations and networking opportunities. Register at early-bird rates ($99.99 for professionals/$49.99 for trainees) until Jan. 31. There are a limited number of registration awards for science communicators who need support at this time. Award applications are due Feb. 5.

Science Talk ‘21 is still accepting submissions for science communication, outreach and engagement poster presentations, and science-inspired art until the end of January.