How to translate scientific data to engage your audience
March 12th workshop will explore and develop creative approaches for engaging public audiences in discussions about climate change using Narragansett Bay as a model.
Due to limited space, please register by March 9, 2015
When: Thursday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including refreshments and lunch.
Where: Shepard Building, URI Feinstein Campus, 80 Washington Street in Providence (directions).
Who: Rhode Island researchers, natural resource managers, artists, graphic designers, non-profits, and other relevant organizations in Rhode Island.
Why: Many individuals and organizations are actively working to convey the impacts of climate change in Rhode Island and beyond. However, we collectively struggle to share this information in a way that is compelling, relevant, and accessible for nonscientific audiences.
What: The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine &Environmental Reporting will present a free workshop showcasing the use of creative tools and methods to develop compelling stories about climate change using data from Narragansett Bay as a model. The workshop will feature scientists, artists, design experts, and communication specialists who will provide a variety of professional perspectives and approaches to data visualization and storytelling. With guidance from these diverse perspectives, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own “data narratives” about climate change during interactive sessions facilitated by experts.
The workshop is the culmination of a project funded by the Rhode Island Science &Technology Advisory Council that brought faculty, staff, and students from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island School of Design, and Metcalf Institute together to develop compelling data narratives about climate change in Narragansett Bay.
Susanne Menden-Deuer, Professor of Biological Oceanography, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Neal Overstrom, Director, Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, Rhode Island School of Design
Rafael Attias, Artist and Professor of Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Lynsy Smithson-Stanley, Deputy Director, Climate & Strategic Initiatives at National Audubon Society
Mark Stoermer, Director, Center for Environmental Visualization
About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute is an internationally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.
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