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Pre-Conference Sessions

#AbSciCon22 is offering workshops Sunday prior to the opening plenary. Workshops are open to all AbSciCon attendees. Each workshop carries an additional registration fee. Tickets can be purchased during registration.

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The Eureka Effect: How to share complex science with the general public

In this 2 hour, hands-on training session, Jon Perry (producer of the Stated Clearly YouTube channel) will share the surprisingly simple guidelines he uses to present complex scientific concepts to a general audience. The session includes the following segments:

In the first hour, Jon will present the following:

  • The importance of the “Eureka Effect” in science communication
  • How to appropriately use imagery and metaphor
  • How to simplify concepts without dumbing them down
  • How to earn the trust of a skeptical audience
  • Common science communication errors and how to avoid them

Following Jon’s presentation, workshop participants will break into groups to create a short presentation about a specific scientific finding in the field of astrobiology.

Volunteers will have a chance to give their short presentation to Jon who will play the part of a curious, yet skeptical member of the public. He promises to be kind, but won’t play easy. It’s a crazy world out there and he wants you to be prepared!

Jon Perry
Jon Perry, presenter
In-Person Workshop

Date: Sunday, 15 May 2022

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Online Workshop

Date: Sunday, 15 May 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Improving Our Work Climate: Bystander Intervention Training and Responding to Hostile Behaviors

This interactive session describes academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment, bullying, and other hostile behaviors to persist, discusses initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provides training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be empowered to: (1) identify different ways in which sexual and other types of harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) intervene safely as bystanders, and (3) utilize resources for cultural change in academic institutions and professional societies.

ADVANCEGeo is a partnership of representatives from the Earth Science Women’s Network, Association for Women Geoscientists, and the American Geophysical Union to address the problem of sexual harassment and other exclusionary behaviors that lead to hostile working and learning climates in the earth, space and environmental sciences. Together, we have developed bystander intervention education training through a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program.

We take a multi-level approach to transform workplace climate: at the institutional level, by addressing academic cultures through the leadership of scientific societies and on campus efforts; structurally, through policies and processes that guide professional conduct and response to sexual and other types of harassment; and individually, through education and empowerment of all members of our community. In addition to bystander intervention training, we offer additional trainings on implicit bias, microaggressions, developing codes of conduct, and bullying.

In-Person Workshop
Date: Sunday, 15 May 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Men and women seated at round tables listening to a presenter