UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. â€” From Oct. 25 to 29, Penn State will welcome roughly 400 of the nationâ€™s top science writers, reporters and editors to the University Park campus for ScienceWriters 2019, an annual meeting jointly held by the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
Offering four days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, scientific presentations on cutting-edge research and extensive access to Penn Stateâ€™s world-class faculty and scientific facilities, ScienceWriters 2019 aims to serve as an enriching professional development experience for both new and seasoned science communication professionals.
Held at a different host institution each year, this yearâ€™s ScienceWriters conference will feature 13 of Penn Stateâ€™s expert faculty members from eight different academic colleges as invited speakers, presenting on topics ranging from antibiotic resistance, food security and energy innovation to social media and â€œfake news.â€�
Penn State was selected as this yearâ€™s host institution for the Universityâ€™s reputation as a top 25 research university with record-setting research expenditures, as well as Penn Stateâ€™s commitment to community impact and its land-grant mission; its status as one of only two universities in the United States to hold Space Grant, Sun Grant and Sea Grant designation through the federal government; and its large number of world-renowned researchers and research facilities across academic disciplines.
â€œThis conference is an opportunity to share the breadth and depth of Penn Stateâ€™s faculty expertise and the research being undertaken at this institution to find solutions to the worldâ€™s most pressing problems,â€� said Penn State Senior Vice President for Research Lora Weiss. â€œWe are honored to welcome the nationâ€™s leading science writers to our University. We embrace their efforts in developing effective and captivating approaches to communicating scientific research advances to the public and broader audiences whom we aim to serve.â€�
Penn State will also host 10 interactive â€œLunch with a Scientistâ€� sessions with faculty members from nine departments. Topics include using drones to explore Saturnâ€™s moon, Titan; the connection between geosciences and art history; how nature can inspire engineering; using predictive modeling to map the spread of infectious diseases, and more.
Many of Penn Stateâ€™s state-of-the-art research facilities will also be the subject of tours led by University faculty and staff, including the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility, rocket lab and nanofabrication laboratory.
Additional speakers include notable science writers, photographers and editors from news organizations such as NPR, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, as well as researchers and scientists from institutions including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University and the University of California.
For more information and to see the conference schedule, visit ScienceWriters2019.org.