P3: Geoscience Communication

Geoscience Communication in the Modern Age
Pardee Session 3

Geoscience communication takes many forms, sharing information critical to society from scientist practitioners to decision makers and the public, as well as more creative interpretations by communicators seeking connection.

This symposium celebrates excellence in several important domains of modern geoscience communication: popular writing (both fiction and nonfiction), visual art, photography, music, film, mainstream media, and social media, as well as research into effective science communication. We examine inspiring examples from accomplished communicators and gain insight how best to help society enjoy a sustainable future on planet Earth (and beyond!).

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Cosponsors: GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History of Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division

Disciplines: Geoscience Information/Communication, Geoscience Education, Geoscience and Public Policy

Advocates: Iain Stewart; Callan Bentley

Special thanks to the band Watch for Rocks for their performance.

Watch for Rocks is Daniel Foley, Sarah Robinson, Michael Darin, Andrew Platt, and Bryan Foley.



Monday, 1:30–5:30 p.m., Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom 120D

  • 1:30 p.m.
    Merging Mythos and Logos: Telling Better Geoscience Stories for Public Audiences
    Marcia G. Bjornerud
  • 1:50 p.m.
    Own Your Origin: Translating Story and Science for the Masses
    Erin Elliott
  • 2:05 p.m.
    Using Social Media for Science Communication: Why, Where and How
    Wendy Bohon
  • 2:20 p.m.
    Expanding Geoscience Communication Across Diverse Audiences
    Marina B. Suarez and Celina Suarez
  • 2:35 p.m.
    Panel: Geoscience communication across different platforms (Jess Phoenix, moderator)
    Nick Zentner and Jim Bell
  • 2:55 p.m.
    Zombies, Sports, Cola and Rocks: Implications for Communicating Climate Science
    J. Marshall Shepherd
  • 3:15 p.m.
    Can You Hear Me Now? Making #SciComm Count in a Noisy World
    Susan Hough
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Thinking Like a Journalist: How a Reporter Communicates on Contentious Issues
    Ron G. Lin
  • 3:45 p.m.
    Panel: Complication, conflict, and crises (Jess Phoenix, moderator)
    Beth Bartel, Bob Hazen, and Laura Szymanski
  • 4:05 p.m.
    Yes, and: The Changing Obligations of Scientists in the Digital Age
    Jess Phoenix
  • 4:20 p.m.
    Geoscientists as Marketers: A Purpose-led Rethinking of Science Communication for the Modern Age
    Iain S. Stewart
  • 4:35 p.m.
    Break so everyone can walk from the Ballroom to the Special Presentation Area of Exhibition Hall A
  • 4:50 p.m.
    Performance by Watch for Rocks in the Special Presentation Area