A Funder’s Role: Advancing Science Through Effective Communication [HRA Members Meeting, Spring 2019]

Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life, and in order to be an effective scientist, one must be an effective communicator. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. In this session, we will explore the goals and objectives of effective scientific communication. How can we as funders do our part to equip our grantees with the tools and resources to become effective communicators and ambassadors for their important work? We will hear from Laura Lindenfeld of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science on best practices and ideas for training our grantees to communicate their science as well as Yael Fitzpatrick from Gazelle Design Consultancy on training scientists how to visually communicate their research. Finally, we will hear from Elizabeth Christopherson from the Rita Allen Foundation, who will share how they have been supporting communications training for their Scholars.

Kristen Wehling, MPH
Program Coordinator | American Cancer Society

Laura Lindenfeld, PhD (Presentation)
Executive Director | Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Yael Fitzpatrick (Presentation)
Consulting Art Director and Brand Manager | Gazelle Design Consultancy

Elizabeth Good Christopherson (Presentation)
President and Chief Executive Officer | Rita Allen Foundation