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Research Matters Communications Workshop

George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, Washington, DC
October 9, 2013

Research Matters Communications Workshop

Promoting Basic Research in a New Age of Communications:
Challenges and Opportunities


Join Research!America, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Elsevier, The George Washington University and the Society for Neuroscience for a workshop to enable early career scientists to effectively communicate the importance of biomedical research to the media and policy makers.

The plenary session speaker is Christie Nicholson, lecturer at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

Moderators for the workshop are Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, and Debra Lappin, JD, principal, FaegreBD Consulting and Research!America Board member. Panelists include:

  • Cara Altimus, PhD, executive board member, Johns Hopkins Postdoc Association
  • Nick Bath, JD, senior health policy advisor, Senate HELP Committee
  • Patrick Carroll, legislative director, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

  • Susan Heavey, correspondent, Reuters
  • Patricia Knight, founder, Knight Capitol Consultants, LLC; former chief of staff, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Jonathan Moreno, PhD, editor-in-chief, Science Progress blog; senior fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Nancy Shute, health and medicine reporter, NPR
  • Dan Smith, JD, principal, The Sheridan Group; founder and former president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network 

Among the events planned:

  • Continental breakfast and light luncheon
  • Plenary session by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University
  • Panel Q&A session with science, health and health policy reporters on communicating with the media
  • Panel Q&A session with current and former congressional staffers on communicating with policy makers
  • Luncheon speaker
  • Afternoon discussion with top Elsevier editors on tips for getting published in scientific journals (select only one afternoon option when registering)
  • Afternoon Capitol Hill meetings (select only one afternoon option when registering)

Register for half off the admission price now through Friday, September 27: $37.50 for participants affiliated with Research!America members and $75 for participants not affiliated with Research!America members. (If you've already registered, we will offer a partial refund.)

Click here to register.

The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Afternoon meetings on Capitol Hill are expected to be completed by 4 p.m. For information about parking, please click here.

If you have problems with registration, please call us at 703-739-2577 and press "0".

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Contact Information
Suzanne Ffolkes
sffolkes@researchamerica.org