2018 Washington Symposium and Poster Session

The National Center for Science Engagement invites you to attend the 2018 Washington Symposium and Poster Session. The Symposium will be held on March 15th and 16th, 2018 at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in downtown Washington, D.C. We solicit proposals and posters on the theme of Public Engagement with Science.

Our Program and Our Venues:

The past year has brought a number of changes to the American political landscape. New attention has been brought to issues of scientific literacy, and the ways in which the public relates to science and scientists.

This meeting will convene experts in science communication to help educators in high schools, colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, national parks, public media, libraries, museums, and other informal education institutions to share their work and experiences with increasing public engagement with science. 

In addition to specialists in the NCSCE community who will deliver sessions on this topic, we have invited partners to share their expertise with meeting participants:

  • Dan Kahan of the Cultural Cognition Project will share his latest work on how the public understands and comprehends science through a cultural lens.
  • Tim Watkins of the National Park Service will lead a series of sessions on collaborations between National Park Service staff and higher education for the purpose of enriching student learning.
  • Emily Cloyd of AAAS will share more about the organization’s recent efforts in the areas of science communication and public engagement.

We also invite veteran and new members of the NCSCE community to propose sessions that describe related projects.

On Thursday, March 15th, we will begin our program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. We will feature our opening keynote address, presentations from science communication experts, and a networking reception with posters.

Friday, March 16th, also at AAAS, our program will feature additional presentations from our experts, presentations proposed by our community, and project updates from current initiatives in science communication.

To Attend:

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 23, 2018. Submitters will be notified by March 2, 2018. To register for the Symposium and propose a session, please use this form. The same form can be used if you are not planning to propose a session. Late registrants will be considered on a space available basis. The sessions are 30 minutes each, and guidelines for the proposals are here.

Fees and Services: The registration fee for the 2018 NCSCE Science Communication meeting is $250 and covers admission to all program sessions and several meals, including lunch and a reception on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Participants are responsible for making their own lodging and travel arrangements. Hotel and lodging options with preferential rates will be identified by the National Center.

Please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s Faculty Development Events Manager, by phone at (202) 483-4600 or by email at kyle.simmons@ncsce.net with any questions about the meeting.