Special Event - Communicating Science to Society

Coffee Break Science: Communicating to Society

Saturday September 4, 2016, 9:30-4:30pm
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106, Brown University
95 Cushing Street, Providence RI


The event is free and open to the public, and lunch and coffee are provided. If you are interested in attending, let us know at brown.edu/go/rsvp.

The growing mistrust of science and scientists in our society has impacted education, healthcare, and policy, amongst other topics. Better preparing scientists to communicate research and open dialogue with the general public is one important step in combatting these issues. The goal of this symposium is to provide training and discuss strategies for communicating science to the general public in a clear, engaging, and accessible manner.

Speakers during this symposium include:

  • Amber Dance, PhD, a Brown ‘02 alumna and PhD turned freelance science writer.
  • Matthew Hutson, a Brown ‘00 alumnus and formally trained science writer and author of “The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking”.
  • John Bohannon, PhD, a data-driven science journalist at University of California Berkeley and creator of “Dance your PhD”.
  • Cornelia Dean, a writer-in-residence at Brown University and former Science Editor for the New York Times, as well as author of “Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public”.

The schedule for the event is:

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee & pastries

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Amber Dance, PhD

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Matthew Hutson

12:00 PM - 1:00  PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

John Bohannon, PhD

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cornelia Dean

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Discussion panel moderated by David Orenstein