Alaska Marine Science Symposium Jan 16-20th

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Each year, scientists, managers, and others convene at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium held in Anchorage at the Captain Cook Hotel.  This event is the largest scientific conference in Alaska, attracting over 1,200 participants and covering a wide spectrum of topics and ecoregions.

 Symposium Website

AOOS highlights:

Monday 8am-12pm: Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop

Mon/Tues 5:30-9pm: AOOS demo of new Cook Inlet Spill Response tool (location: Denaina Center)

Thursday 4:45pm: AOOS presents its 10-year build-out plan

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop

The 2012 Communicating Ocean Science Workshop will provide a special opportunity for ocean scientists, graduate students and outreach specialists to consider how they tell the story of their scientific research in a manner that is compelling and informative. Randy Olson, author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style will lead a two-hour session on communicating through story. You will learn the keys to capturing audience attention and creating a compelling story based on the scientific work you do every day. Participants will be invited to present a short story of their work to the audience and Randy will use these examples to bring to light key aspects of powerful communication.

The second section of the workshop will be dedicated to practical applications of effective storytelling to bring your science to broader audiences. These sessions include how to use basic video that you can take yourself to reach the masses; how to create powerful radio pieces; and how to develop virtual field trips as a way to reach thousands of students. Presenters include Molly McCammon and Darcy Dugan (AOOS), Elizabeth Arnold (Journalism Professor @ UAA and Senior Reporter for Encounters with Richard Nelson) and Darin Trobaugh (Alaska SeaLife Center).

Finally, participants will have another opportunity to share their work with each other through short storytelling that will provide a great kick off to networking opportunities at the AMSS.

Registration required (email Robin Dublin)

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