CitSci 2019 Conference Workshop Description

GotScience Magazine is published by Science Connected. Our team is busy investigating scientific research findings, translating them into language that everyone can understand, and publishing articles that lay a solid foundation in the scientific method and feature comprehensive overviews of current research and discovery in the physical and life sciences.

At GotScience Magazine, we identify new, exciting research in a wide range of fields and distill the findings into an accessible format for non-experts. Our writers practice information synthesis, critical analysis, and the summarization of complex information. Writers can also become part of a community of fellow science communicators and expert advisors.

This workshop is for all enthusiastic individuals from a wide variety of scientific fields of study who want to share exciting scientific research projects and findings with the greater public. No prior experience in science communication is needed.

In this workshop, participants will receive instruction in basic science communication theory and best practices, learn about article structure and readability metrics, work to transform a piece of academic writing into a short-form journalistic piece, and work one-on-one with our professional editors and proofreaders.

Each participant will leave this workshop having produced a piece of short-form science journalism that is ready or nearly ready for publication. Participants may prepare articles about their own research project results, write calls for citizen science project participants, or summarize other peer-reviewed research results. After the workshop, completed articles will be published online in GotScience Magazine by Science Connected. We will also provide a permanent web link and social media sharing with the citizen science community and greater public.

If you’re looking to get started in science communication, share your research findings with a broad audience, or publicize a call for citizen science participants, you won’t want to miss this workshop.

We recommend bringing a laptop computer and a piece of source material to work from. This may be a peer-reviewed, published academic journal article, a literature review, a discussion piece, a narrative description of your research, a planned citizen science project in need of volunteers, etc. If you do not have such a piece from which to work, we will provide some for you.

Where and When

Citizen Science Association Conference 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh Convention Center, March 13-17, 2019

Workshop code W-137, to be held in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences room 3, subject to change.