March 26, 2020 – March 27, 2020 all-day
Tiffany Center
1410 SW Morrison St. Portland
OR 97205
$110 to $350

At SCIENCE TALK ’20 we want to “build bridges” with the community-at-large.

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to someone else? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media or how it is “misused” in policy? SCIENCE TALK ’20 will unite science communicators, practitioners, and facilitators for two exciting days of learning best practices for how to talk science better. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and networking opportunities galore.

​Thursday Workshops
“Cultural Awareness in Science Communication​” (Vanessa Castillo & Alexander Toftness) – Tiffany Suite 301

“Visual Design for Science Communicators” (Lisa Wald, U.S. Geological Survey) – Crystal Ballroom West

“Five Ways to Bridge Communication Gaps​” (Roger Aines & Amy Aines, Championing Science) – Crystal Ballroom East

“Effective Science Communication with Policymakers” (Kathy Shield & Nicholas Karavolias) – Emerald Ballroom

Friday Workshops

“Empathy: A Compassionate Scientist’s Tool” (Reyhaneh Maktoufi) – Tiffany Suite 301

“Building a Brand on Social Media” (Susanna Harris) – Crystal Ballroom West

“Media Engagement as Scientists and Journalists” (Kristen Lewis) – Crystal Ballroom East

“Technically Speaking” (Tia Over) – Emerald Ballroom


Keynote Speakers

Ella Al-Shamahi
Archaeologist, Palaeoanthropologist, and Neanderthal Specialist

Chris Volpe
Executive Director – ScienceCounts



“The Science of #SciComm: On Emotion and Humor” – Sara Yeo

“An Introvert’s Guide to Posing as an Extrovert” – Jackie Wirz

“Working with the Anti-Vaccine Community” – Kolina Koltai

“Texting Campaigns As Science Communication Are Weirdly Effective” – Ariel Zych

“Communicating Chaos & Connecting with Citizen Science” – Tracy Fanara

“Collaboration Between Academia and Science Communication” – Nicole Sharp

“Getting the Story Right: Science Communication 2.0” – Paul North

“TV Is Good For You: The Era of Social Impact Entertainment Is Here” – Adnaan Wasey

“Enhancing Your Science Communication with Subtitles” – Circe Verba