Invited Talk: Communicating Science: Distilling Your Message

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

This is an interactive experience where we learn to speak more clearly and vividly about our science and why it matters. Through examples and exercises we will find common ground with an audience, find creative ways to build a story, and ultimately learn to focus on the meaning of the message instead of getting lost in complex detail.


Christie Nicholson is an award-winning science journalist and co-founder of the publishing startup, Publet. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American and CBS. She has been an on-air contributor for the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, and produced/hosted Scientific American's podcast, 60-Second Mind, reaching an audience of 1.5M. For the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Nicholson has coached more than 3,000 scientists on communicating with colleagues, policy makers and the public. She is an adjunct professor at NYU’s school of journalism. Nicholson is on the board for South by South West Interactive and the Science Media Centre of Canada. She holds degrees from Dalhousie University in Canada and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was awarded the Eibel Fellowship.


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