SciComm 2018


March 23-25, 2018
Hosted by university of Nebraska-Lincoln

SciComm is a conference dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication of science to diverse audiences – including students of all levels as well as the general public – across all venues.

our mission

  1. Train scientists, educators, journalists and the public in effective science communication
  2. Disseminate cutting-edge research, tools, evaluation instruments, programs, and activities for science learning and evaluation inside and outside of classrooms.
  3. Forge new connections between university instructors, discipline-based education researchers, K-12 teachers, informal and formal science learning sites (e.g. museums, libraries), science learning researchers and evaluators, and science disseminators (e.g. science writers, film makers, etc.).
  4. Engage with the public, policy makers, and people who use science communication in a diversity of careers.
  5. Provide opportunities for practitioners of science communication to implement communication strategies and receive critical feedback.

Key Areas of Focus

Informal STEM Learning

Engaging students and the general public through informal activities conducted outside of the classroom.

Science Communication Research

Discovering the best methods to ensure that your audience engages with and retains scientific communications.



Supporting the effective dissemination of scientific information and investigative skills in K-12 classrooms.

Disciplinary-Based Education Research

Facilitating student comprehension and retention of scientific concepts.

Science and Media

Enabling collaboration between  scientists and science communicators in today’s dynamic media environment.

Broader Impacts

Helping scientists determine the best way to expand the reach of their work.

Featured Speakers

Talks will be given on all things SciComm - formal and informal education, research, broader impacts, science and media, DBER, etc.


Register today for 2018's conference on March 23-25.


SciComm 2018 will offer a series of workshops, formal talks, an opportunity to present and receive feedback on your outreach activities and more!

effective communication.

Communicating Science for Learning and Engagement

 A conference dedicated to understanding and promoting effective communication of science to diverse audiences – including students of all levels as well as the general public – across all venues.


Your choice of two of four workshops led by top science communicators.


The conference will contain over 30 talks, a poster session, and two featured plenary speakers.


Forge collaborations over meals and during nightly, nerdy entertainment.

SciComm 2018 Festival

A chance to present your research to the public and get feedback from conference participants.


bringing communicators together

SciComm was initiated as a one-day symposium in 2015 led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Program of Excellence Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Matthew Wilkins. 

In 2018, its third iteration, we are transforming SciComm into a full professional conference that will recruit and attract attendees from across the country.

Our goal is to make SciComm a leading conference for practitioners, researchers, and partners of science communication.

Join us at SciComm 2018

Are you a scientist looking to expand your broader impacts? An educator hoping to improve your presentation of complex scientific ideas? A journalist focused on scientific research? SciComm 2018 is a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of science communicators for the purpose of collaboration, discussion, and dissemination of new ideas.

plenary speakers

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR and the founder of Joe’s Big Idea.

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill is a paleoecologist and co-host of the Warm Regards Podcast.

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