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Research Communications Program

UC San Diego’s Research Communications program draws on scholarship in the sciences, science communication, science education, the arts and other fields to provide the guiding theoretical perspective and the practical experience that is critical to communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences, including those with questions or concerns about the methods, findings or implications of scientific research.

Year 1: Building a Toolkit to Tell Stories of Discovery

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith

After the March for Science: Explaining Research

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium

Given the preponderance of fake news and the attacks on the credibility of science, communicating effectively with the public about science is more important than ever. This seminar by Dennis Meredith, author of Explaining Research, will show how to reach and engage audiences.

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Dennis Meredith

Working with Your Public Information Officer

June 23, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
Panel Discussion

Public Information Officers (PIOs) are your go-to resource for getting your research findings to the media. In this workshop, learn about how your PIO can help get coverage of your work in traditional and non-traditional media. Background for this workshop available here.

No registration is necessary.

Kim Rubinstein

Kim Rubinstein
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Talking Research: Improving Science Dialogue

June 28-30, 2017

Kim Rubinstein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will be the creative director and designer of these three-day intensive workshops. Using methods borrowed and synthesized from improvisational theatre, journalism and Professor Rubinstein's system for optimal creative thinking, this hands-on training will focus on helping scientists find the spark or root of their work, developing their unique voice and style of connecting to audience with authenticity and meaning. Talking Research will begin with three days of intensive training and will culminate in an optional media day, which will include on-camera interviews with professional journalists.

Register for the workshop.

A joint effort of the Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences and Department of Theatre and Dance, funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Program Contacts

Kim McDonald
(858) 534-7572

Sherry Seethaler
(858) 534-4656

Mario Aguilera
(858) 822-5148

Leigh Eck
(858) 534-1920

Also planned for Year 1

All details TBA

  • Video Workshop Series
  • Image Workshop Series
  • Leadership Communications
  • Reaching Venture Capitalists
  • Using Social Media