A science communicator walks into a bar… and promptly explains the physical forces involved in the collision, the tree species used in the bar counter, and the physiological process behind bruises… in easy-to-understand layman’s terms, of course.
All kidding aside, the July 18th networking social of Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) saw 22 members from Davis, Woodland, Sacramento and Fairfield all walk into a bar — to share ideas and stories over beverages and smiles.
Hosted at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis, the meetup drew students and professionals from LiveScience.com, California Senate Office of Research, UC Davis, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, as well as freelancers.
The diversity of talents and expertise in the Capital Region science communicators community was clearly apparent at this second-ever CapSciComm happy hour.
I’m a Capital Science Communicator because…
Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Sacramento Field Office, I communicate science everyday with Members of Congress, the media and the public by sharing information on endangered species issues, environmental contaminants, habitat restoration and much more.
I got started with communicating science when…
I started working in conservation communication after teaching English with the JET Program in Japan for two years. A friend of mine was working for a hunter-supported conservation organization in the area and told me of an opportunity. After interviewing for another position, the president of the organization offered me a PR position that they hadn’t advertised for.
As always, our events are open to professionals and students from all aspects of science communication — including journalism, public affairs, research, education, photography, illustration, design, IT and library science .
We hope to sustain these professional networking socials as regular events. Help us grow our new community, and see you on July 18th!
Journalists, PIOs and researchers gathered on June 20, 2013, for the first-ever networking social of Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm).
Hosted at Bistro Michel in Sacramento, Calif., the inaugural gathering included representatives from the California State Senate Office of Research, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Public Library, UC Davis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey.
Conversation topics were as diverse as the professions in attendance: information technology, conservation biology, library science, international agriculture, video production and more.
CapSciComm members came away with new contacts and colleagues, and left enthusiastic suggestions on how to grow the group further.
The conversation continues in a few weeks — details will be announced soon for the July 18th CapSciComm networking event in Davis!
Becca Kwong, Ellen Lê and Katharina Ullmann discuss the importance of library science to researchers and communicators at the June 20, 2013 networking social.
Hungry and thirsty science communicators made for rapidly emptying plates at the first CapSciComm social.
Sarah Swenty, Brenda Dawson and Malaika Singleton enjoy the first-ever CapSciComm meetup.
Journalist Morgan Searles and librarian Becca Kwong exchange ideas at the inaugural CapSciComm social.
CapSciComm members strike a pose at the June 20th networking social.
Researchers, PIOs and journalists mingle at the first-ever CapSciComm happy hour.
Our CapSciComm pepper logo had a different feel in the beginning!