Join Us in Austin on Sat., April 6, 2019!

Who Should Attend?

Science communicators of all stripes: reporters, editors, freelancers, PIOs, publishers, museum staffers, bloggers, multimedia producers, scientists and students.


The South Central States (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) are located where scientific innovation, fragile biomes, and the dynamic energy, biotech, and biomedical industries all meet political conservatism. The issues facing a science communicator in the region couldn’t be more diverse or important.

Despite their unique geographic and political position, the science communicators in the region are only loosely connected to each other, if at all. We recognize the power of strong connections among science communicators, not just for professional development, but for moral support in what may be a more challenging era for science than in the past.


Keynote #1: The State of Science Journalism, by Tom Hayden, director of Stanford University’s graduate program in environmental communication.

Keynote #2: Why Science Writers Need Solutions Journalism, by Sarah Gustavus, Mountain West Regional Manager, Solutions Journalism Network.

Panels and Breakout Sessions to facilitate networking and collaboration among previously-disparate science communicators:

  • New Models of Media
  • More Unconventional SciComm
  • Expanding Your SciComm Toolkit
  • STEMprov
  • Roundtable Discussions (small group discussions on participant-chosen themes such as “Pitching Your Book”, “Science Journalism vs. Science Communication”, “Are Embargoes a Good Idea?”, “Communicating Climate Science in the Post-Fact Era”)


Organizing Committee

Juli Berwald, Melissa Gaskill, Marc Airhart, Nichole Bennett, Viviane Callier


Click here to register for SciCommSouth 2019