Schedule of Events

The 2nd Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Science Communication (SciComm) Symposium will take place on Friday, April 21, from 9AM-5:30PM in the Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Complex (SEEC)!

The symposium will begin with a 3-hour morning workshop session (registration required; SEEC S228), followed by an afternoon Symposium in the SEEC Auditorium composed of short interactive activities, TED talk-style presentations, and two women in STEM speakers who will illustrate how science communication continues to play an important role in their careers.

Morning Workshop Session

  • 9:00AM-12:00PM: “Messages with Impact: Creating a Compelling Story” led by professional facilitator Steve Zeisler. Offered to the first 40 registered participants will provide tools to:
  1. Identify and engage different audiences through storytelling
  2. Understand the elements of, and effective techniques for, telling impactful stories
  3. Practice creating compelling stories about their work that conveys its importance and value
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch (taco bar) in SEEC S228 for workshop participants
  • 12:15-12:45 PM: Screening of Dr. Jane Zelikova’s science film The End of Snow

Register for the morning workshop here! (mandatory registration, maximum 40 participants)

Afternoon SciComm Symposium

  • 1:30-5:30PM: Afternoon session is in the SEEC Auditorium, includes talks from Drs. Aisha Morris and Madeline Sofia, 6 TED-style presentations from your fellow CU Boulder colleagues, and fun SciComm activities to get you on your feet and thinking outside the box! (see more below)
  • 5:30-6:30PM: Join us for a social hour/networking session in the Bartlett Center for Science Communication (SEEC C215) to connect with WiSE members and SciComm speakers.

Register for the afternoon symposium here!

Introductory Speaker – Dr. Aisha Morris, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow and University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO) representative, will introduce the afternoon session discussing her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM through her scientific communications throughout her career path.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Madeline Sofia, PhD recipient in microbiology and immunology from University of Rochester Medical Center and National Public Radio (NPR) Science contributor, will discuss how she used her science communication skills and experiences to transition from working in the laboratory as a microbiologist to speaking to millions of listeners on NPR Science.

Six TED-Style Research Talks will also be presented by student and postdocs WiSE Members to showcase the amazing research being conducted at CU Boulder!

Read more about our speakers on our Speaker Page and TED-Style Talks Page!