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First Announcement

Communication skills are an important part of astronomers’ toolkits. We need to use them to share our research with our peers, advocate for our science, obtain funding from agencies and connect with the public and the next generation of scientists.

In this spirit, the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec (CRAQ) plans to organise an interactive virtual workshop in English on science communication, AstroComm 2021.

Date: June 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Location: Online

Open to all interested astronomers, from undergraduate students to professors

Free registration

The workshop will be delivered by Nathalie Ouellette (Université de Montréal), Julie Bolduc-Duval (Discover the Universe) and other instructors to be announced later.

The purpose of this first announcement is to gauge the interest of the Canadian astronomical community in this workshop. Here are a few topics that could be covered during the workshop:

  • public speaking for various audiences
  • scientific writing
  • creation of visual content
  • media interviews
  • social media
  • inclusive communication
  • hands-on activities for youth
  • … and more!

Participants will be required to submit a scientific communication piece (e.g., written article, video, presentation slideshow, etc.) prior to the workshop that will help the instructors better target the training content. Submitted pieces do not need to be created for the workshop; they can be from previous science communication activities.

If you are interested in this activity, we invite you to pre-register using this form:

https://bit.ly/AstroComm2021_PreRegistration

Your answers will allow us to adapt the workshop according to the needs of the community. An announcement with more details will be sent to the CASCA distribution list in early 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Nathalie Ouellette, nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca.