National Science Activation Symposium

June 25, 2019, 10:00 am


Dr. Lucy Jones invites scientists, researchers, engineers, and students for the National Science Activation Symposium on June 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, in partnership with the American Geophysical Union. Starting at 10am, this day-long event in Downtown Los Angeles will bring together scientists seeking to see their science used to address the challenges society faces from the natural environment.

The day will feature keynotes and presentations by noted experts in media, policy, and science, including elected officials, journalists and researchers. Attendees will be seated at round tables where they will listen to the presentations and also be tasked with working with their table on key discussion points in a modified workshop format.

Attendees will leave with tools and strategies to understand how they can begin to engage with policy makers and activate their science. They will understand the cultural norms and the difference between the science culture and recommendations from communicators. Attendees will also have the tools to begin to refine subject area to empower them to set a meeting.

Attendees will also be invited to attend regular lunches in Southern California with policy makers to continue to implement and refine the work they learned.

The following program overview for the National Science Activation Symposium will be updated with speakers as they are confirmed. The program begins at 10 am and ends at 5pm. Lunch is included.

I. Opening Keynote: The Science Activation Framework – Dr. Lucy Jones
Dr. Jones will share her work to reimagine the way science is communicated with decision-makers, referencing her work for decades in this space with success in helping leaders shape policies that have been implemented in communities across the country in the public and private sector.

Presenter: Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder & Chief Scientist, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

II. Just the Facts: A Conversation with CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla
This conversation will feature an elected official sharing their experience working with scientific and technical experts in shaping their public policy. 

III. The Science of Communication
This session will review the basics of how people process receive information and what communicators need to know about the neuroscience. With case studies and technical resources, Dr. Sara McBride will offer tactics to use in the way communication could be used.

PresenterDr. Sara McBride, USGS

IV. Luncheon Workshop: Communication from Me to You

V. Dr. Smith Goes to Washington: Policy Visits Revealed
What is it like when you meet at a congressional office or that of another elected official at the state or local level? This presentation will offer a framework for a successful meeting in a policy-makers office to build relationships and set the stage for future collaboration and partnership with elected official’s staff.

Presenter: John Bwarie, Stratiscope

VI. Workshop: Deliberate Self-Introductions
Based on the initial sessions, you’ll craft an introduction at your table and have the chance to test it with those you’re seated with and garner feedback.

VII. Activating Beyond Policy in the Community
Through a discussion of best practices from AGU staff and local scientists who have led effective science activation in their communities, you will gain the tools to refine a personal action plan: identify resources, find a community, and integrate accountability. You will leave with a simple template to set your goal and break it down into manageable steps that will help you empower you to accomplish your objective. 

Elizabeth Landau, Public Affairs Director, American Geophysical Union
Rob Ulrich, Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Earth Planetary, and Space Sciences, and Founder & President of Queers in STEM
Tashiana Osborne, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and Science Collaborator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

VIII. Beyond Policy: Traditional and Social Media
How does communications work in a 24-hour news cycle that is dominated by social media? Learn from an expert practitioner in traditional and social media to understand the approaches in general a news organization takes to source to produce news in such a cycle. How can a scientist be best positioned to be prepared to be a resource for the media. 

Presenter: Rob Elmore, Vice President and News Director, ABC7

IX. Media Management: Connecting with Radio, TV, & Print Journalists
This panel will feature journalists who are seeking to use scientific information to improve their stories, as well as able to offer insights on how to better connect with their media type. 

Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter covering the CA coast, Los Angeles Times
Jacob Margolis, Science Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
Hanna Maxfield, Director of Digital Operations, ABC7

X. Workshop: Creating your Personal Talk Track
What are the things you want to talk about and how is the best way to convey it?In this table talk workshop, you’l share your key messages with your table and offer your feedback to others. 

XI. Closing Keynote

Event venue
The event will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at The California Endowment. Free, onsite parking is available.

Register now by visiting the registration page.