Science Writing in the Age of Denial: Only a Few Slots Left

Yesterday I learned that there are only about 25 spots left for the Science Writing in the Age of Denial conference (@sciencedenial) to be held in Madison, Wisconsin on April 23–24—get one while you still can. I’ve been involved in helping plan the workshops portion of the conference, and I’m awfully excited about it. The cast of distinguished science writers and researchers who will be speaking at or attending this conference is amazing, and far too lengthy to list here. I couldn’t be more thrilled that these amazing folks will be in my back yard for a few days this spring. (Well, not literally in my back yard—though if anyone has a few hours to spare while you’re in town, I have some bricks that need moving.)

From the conference website:

Science writers now work in an age where uncomfortable ideas and truths meet organized resistance. Opposing scientific consensus on such things as anthropogenic climate change, the theory of evolution, and even the astonishingly obvious benefits of vaccination has become politically de rigueur, a litmus test and a genuine threat to science. How does denial affect the craft of the science writer? How can science writers effectively explain disputed science? What’s the big picture? Are denialists ever right?

Day 1 will feature an outstanding slate of plenary speakers: Arthur Lupia (Communicating Science in Politicized Environments); Sean B. Carroll (The Denial of Evolution, and the Evolution of Denial: We Have All Been Here Before); Gary Schwitzer (Cheerleading, Shibboleths and Uncertainty); Naomi Oreskes (Neoliberalism and the Denial of Global Warming); and star-studded panels associated with each.

Day 2 will be a half-day series of workshops digging into how science writers can apply insights about science denialism to improve the reach, integrity, and impact of their work. The workshops will cover a wide range of practical issues that science writers covering controversial topics encounter, such as vetting sources and  understanding hidden agendas, achieving fairness without false balance, navigating ethical quandaries, finding viable markets…and more.

(Bonus: Madison is lovely in late April. Really.)

So: You should come!

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