ComSciCon Comes to Blacksburg March 7-8

ComSciCon: The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students

ComSciCon 2019–a communicating science conference organized by graduate students, for graduate students–is coming to Virginia Tech!

Originally organized and hosted in 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for graduate students at MIT and Harvard, the “flagship” ComSciCon has grown to serve students from across the United States and around the world. Its reach now extends to locally franchised workshops.

Rhetoric and writing PhD student Allison Hutchison is collaborating with the Center for Communicating Science and spearheading the effort to host a ComSciCon at Virginia Tech on March 7 and 8. Hutchison is seeking graduate students interested in helping plan and run the conference and for faculty with expertise to lend. Workshop events focus on training in science writing, social media and data communication, and other ways to communicate complex and technical subjects. Participating in the organizing committee provides graduate students the opportunity to develop collaboration and leadership skills, always a worthwhile addition to a graduate student’s CV.

ComSciCon-VT will feature a kickoff event Thursday evening, March 7, followed by a full-day slate of workshops, panel discussions, a Write-A-Thon, and more on Friday, March 8. All events will take place at the Graduate Life Center.

Faculty and graduate students interested in partnering with Hutchison in planning, advertising, supporting, and running the conference should contact her at abhutch@vt.edu. Registration for the conference will be limited to 60 graduate students and will open in a few weeks. ComSciCon-VT sponsors include the Center for Communicating Science, the Global Change Center, the Graduate School, and others.

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