This fall, nationally recognized professionals in the field of science communication will come together on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to discuss diverse careers in this field, according to Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, PhD, Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology; Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education.
The science communication summit, “Talking the Talk: New Careers for Today’s Scientists”, will be held Friday, Oct. 3 at the UAB Hospital West Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. followed by a “meet-up” social at Fuego. This is the first time that such an event has been held at UAB, says Dr. Schwiebert.
“This effort came out of ongoing conversation by students, trainees, and faculty around recommendations in reports like the 2012 NIH Future of the Biomedical Workforce Report, which stressed that graduate and postdoctoral training programs increase trainees’ awareness of careers outside of academic research.”
Science communicators, from both the West and East Coasts, will participate in a noon panel discussion on a range of options – from entrepreneurship to journalism to institutional communications – followed by networking opportunities and an informal meet up.
Speakers include Kirsten Sanford, Ph.D, neurophysiologist, creator/producer of “This Week in Science”, 2005 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow; Ben Young Landis, MEM, writer for the US Geological Survey, author of “Better Know a Fish” blog, and co-founder, Capital Science Communicators; Marla Broadfoot, Ph.D., a molecular geneticist, postdoc at NIH, former PIO at Duke University, and freelance science writer/author; and Russ Campbell, MLA, communications director for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and co-founder of the Science Communicators of North Carolina.
Lunch will be provided. More details are available at this link, http://www.uab.edu/graduate/images/publications/newsletter/science_careers4.pdf. This event is being organized through a collaborative effort of the UAB School of Medicine, the UAB College of Arts & Sciences, the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success, the UAB Graduate School, and the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education.
Dr. Schwiebert says this will not be the only event to explore alternative career choices for those studying the biomedical sciences at UAB: “We plan to use this event as a model for future events that focus upon business and entrepreneurship, science public policy, research administration, as well as academic research.”