Writing about Science for the Public: A Hands-On Workshop for Scientists

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Registration Deadline: Monday, January 4, 2021

Questions? Please contact Diana Kenney: dkenney@mbl.edu

This workshop is sponsored by the Byron H. Waksman Fund for Excellence in Science Communication and the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program.

January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 2021
3:30 to 5:30 PM ET

Led by David Berreby, author and science journalist (bio below)

Scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research associates in the sciences are invited to a free, online, personalized writing workshop.

“Writing About Science for the Public” is designed for scientists who wish to communicate their work more clearly and effectively to the public, the media, and to scientists outside their own field.

Participants will examine concepts of science communication, get intense and practical training in science-writing strategies, and have a chance to engage in the craft.

“Writing About Science for the Public” is limited to 12 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.

About David Berreby

David Berreby is the author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity (The University of Chicago Press, 2008; first edition Little Brown, 2005). His science writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Nautilus, Aeon, Slate, Smithsonian, The New Republic, Nature, Discover, National Geographic and many other publications. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Paris, a Science Writing Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory,  a resident at Yaddo, and in 2006 was awarded the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship for the first edition of Us and Them. David blogs at otherknowsbest.com, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. He can be found on Twitter at @davidberreby and reached by email at david@davidberreby.com.

Comments from prior workshop participants:  

This is an excellent workshop to guide, coach, and encourage scientists who are interested in communicating science to wider audiences – an important need.

– Whitman Center Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory

I’ve tried a few different ways to gain practice in nontechnical science communication, and I think this was the best one so far. The combination of insights from a working journalist, interviewing practice, and detailed individual workshopping made me feel like I had really worked on some skills, as opposed to sitting in a seminar on science communication. Also, I loved that it’s cross-institutional, and it was a real pleasure to meet people from MBL, WHRC, NOAA, and other parts of WHOI who are also interested in science communication.

– Graduate Student, MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program

The workshop was amazing! David Berreby presented us with the perspective of a science writer and, equipped with this basic knowledge, we dove directly into writing. The interaction with fellow scientists discussing our written pieces, umpired by David, made for good fun and lot of learning.

– Tenured Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

I now have a clear overview of what science writing is and how the process works. This is helpful in thinking about new directions for myself, how I work with journalists and writers in the future, and how I might communicate my work to society – all incredibly valuable things in terms of my own development and in terms of the dollars society has invested in me and my research.

– Research Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory