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National Science Activation Symposium

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The California Endowment

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Science activation requires bilateral exchange between scientists and policy-makers to explore complex problems and create solutions encompassing societal objectives and physical requirements

On June 25, 2019, the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society is hosting the National Science Activation Symposium at The California Endowment in Los Angeles, in partnership with the American Geophysical Union. Through keynotes and workshop activities, attendees with examine the different cultural norms for communication in the scientific and policy worlds, and create strategies to begin engaging with decision-makers.

The following program overview for the National Science Activation Symposium will be updated with speakers as they are confirmed. The program begins at 10 am and ends at 5pm. Lunch is included.

I. Opening Keynote: The Science Activation Framework
Dr. Jones will share her work to reimagine the way science is communicated with decision-makers, referencing her work for decades in this space with success in helping leaders shape policies that have been implemented in communities across the country in the public and private sector.

Presenter:
Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder & Chief Scientist, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

II. Just the Facts: A Conversation with CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla
This conversation will feature an elected official sharing their experience working with scientific and technical experts in shaping their public policy.

III. The Science of Communication
This session will review the basics of how people process receive information and what communicators need to know about the neuroscience. With case studies and technical resources, Dr. Sara McBride will offer tactics to use in the way communication could be used.

Presenter: Dr. Sara McBride, USGS

IV. Luncheon Workshop: Communication from Me to You

V. Dr. Smith Goes to Washington: Policy Visits Revealed
What is it like when you meet at a congressional office or that of another elected official at the state or local level? This presentation will offer framework for a successful meeting in a policy-maker's office to build relationships and set the stage for future collaboration and partnership with elected official's staff.

Presenter: John Bwarie, Stratiscope

VI. Workshop: Deliberate Self-Introductions
Based on the inital sessions, you'll craft an introduction at your table and have the chance to test it with those you're seated with and garner feedback.

VII. Activating Beyond Policy in the Community Panel
Through a discussion of best practices from AGU staff and local scientists who have led effective science activation in their communities, you will gain the tools to refine a personal action plan: identify resources, find a community, and integrate accountability. You will leave with a simple template to set your goal and break it down into manageable steps that will help empower you to accomplish your objective.

Panelists:
Elizabeth Landau, Public Afairs Director, American Geophysical Union (moderator)
Rob Ulrich, Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, and Founder & President of Queers in STEM
Tashiana Osborne, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and Science Collaborator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

VIII. Beyond Policy: Traditional and Social Media
How does communications work in a 24-hour news cycle that is dominated by social media? Learn from an expert practitioner in traditional and social media to understand the approaches in general a news organization takes to source and produce news in such a cycle. How can a scientist be best positioned to be prepared to be a resource for the media.

Presenter: Cheryl Kunin Fair, President and General Manager, ABC7

IX. Media Management: Connecting with Radio, TV, & Print Journalists
This panel will feature journalists who are seeking to use scientific information to improve their stories, as well as able to offer insights on how to better connect with their media type.

Panelist:
Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter covering the CA coast, Los Angeles Times

X. Workshop: Creating your Personal Talk Track
What are the things you want to talk about and how is the best way to convey it? In this table tak workshop, you’ll share your key messages with your table and offer your feedback to others.

XI. Closing Keynote

For a full description of the updated program, including all speakers, please visit the Symposium webpage.

The National Symposium for Science Activation is designed for Scientists and researchers, engineers, post-docs, graduate and undergrad students in the sciences who want to be in a position to have their science used.


Please Note: Registration includes all program materials, lunch, and parking.

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