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.


Thomas Hayden

Keynote #1:

Defending the Golden Age of Science Communication

Thomas Hayden, director of Stanford University’s graduate program in environmental communication

Sarah Gustavus

Keynote #2:

Why Science Communicators Need Solutions Journalism

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
  • Bringing Science to the People
  • Expanding Your SciComm Toolkit
  • STEMprov
  • Roundtable Discussions (small group conversations on participant-chosen themes such as: “Network locally: How to grow your sci comm group from the ground up,” “Getting Your Book Published”, “Journalism vs. Content”, “Walking the Line Between Activism and Journalism”, “Are Embargoes a Good Idea?”, “Communicating Climate Science in the Post-Fact Era.”)

The Science of Gin: Biologist Molly Cummings will introduce us to the science of gin and offer a tasting of liquor made from juniper berries she’s collected in West Texas.

Join the Conversation Online

The official hashtag for the conference is #scicommsouth



Registration includes food and drinks at the evening reception at Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches and during afternoon breaks. Lunch can be purchased separately from Texas Chili Queens food truck.

Organizing Committee

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

Need a Place to Stay?

We want to encourage our friends from across Texas and surrounding states to come, but know that hotels can get pricey. A few of our organizers and volunteers have spare rooms that they are willing to make available for out-of-towners. To request one, please email us at scicommsouth [AT]


Click here to register for SciCommSouth 2019