Communicating Ocean Sciences: Jan 20th

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Scientist aboard the USCG icebreaker Healy line up on the sea ice to "tow" the vessel. Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen

Join researchers and educators from across the state for the 8th annual Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

  • Theme: Translating Science: Taking the Message Home
  • Date: Monday, January 20, 2013
  • Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Captain Cook Hotel, Foredeck/Ballroom
  • Register here (free) by Jan 16


You’ve toiled over a video, PowerPoint or an article for a general audience but what did they take home? In this workshop, we will cover specific ways to improve your outreach/broader impact efforts to insure that audiences take home your key message.

We will begin with four presentations followed by facilitated, active breakout sessions. After you register, you will receive information on how to prepare and what to bring so that you make the most out of this workshop.

The Communicating Ocean Science Workshop is in its’ eight year and is sponsored by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Alaska (COSEE Alaska), Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) and the Alaska Chapter of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators Association (NAME).

This workshop is open to the public and free, upon registration.

If you are an educator or student, contact for information on how to receive a reduced rate for AMSS registration.

Workshop Details:

Speakers and Organizers  

  • Abigail Enghirst North Pacific Research Board (NPRB)
  • Bill Swears: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • Callie Stark, Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Darcy Dugan: Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
  • Janet Warburton, Arctic Research Center of the  U.S. (ARCUS)
  • Joan Mellish, Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Maria Acemah
  • Marilyn Sigman: Alaska Sea Grant
  • Robin Dublin: Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Alaska)



8:00                          Complimentary Coffee and Tea

8:15-8:30              Introductions and Alaska SeaLife Center Outreach Award

8:30-9:30              Panel Presentations

Creating Video in a Research Setting

Presenters:  Jo’Ann Mellish and Callie Stark at Alaska SeaLife Center

Creating Video in a Community Setting

Presenter: Maria Acemah

Improving your Writing for General Audiences

Presenters: Bill Swears at BOEM Abigail Enghrist at NPRB

Making your PowerPoint Presentations Stronger

Presenter: Janet Warburton

9:30-10:00           Break

10:00-11:30        Break Out Sessions (30 minutes each/ 3 opportunities for participants

1) Video/Research

Including: Talking to the camera, filming in the field, framing and composition, managing video while conducting field work and an interview practice session.

 2) Video/Community

Including: Storyboard development tips, tricks and considerations

3) Writing

Including: A review of “do’s and don’ts “and most importantly, practical guidance on how to make improvements so that readers understand the ‘take home’ message you are trying to convey.

4) PowerPoint

Including: How to apply the “do’s and don’ts”  to your PowerPoint presentations so that your audience knows what your take home message is.

11:30-12:00        Closing remarks and Evaluation



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