Improve Your #SciComm Performance Skills

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Meet your fellow sustainability scientists and engineers for a workshop focused on science communication and the natural environment.

This two day event will boost creativity, communication skills and capacity to work in partnerships and teams.  Participants will gain an expanded sense of time, enhanced well-being and improve decision-making by melding science, visual arts, music, improvisational theater and immersion in the natural environment.

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Saturday, 19 July: Evening arrivals, Poster Session and Mixer

Sunday, 20 July: Parallel sessions (morning and afternoon) – Theater, Visual Arts, Music

Monday, 21 July: Field trip to Chiricahua National Monument, Evening Storytelling Workshop

Tuesday, 22 July: Breakfast, Departure, Optional: Musical Instrument Museum

Selected Participant Bios:


Sam W.J. Johnson is a visual artist who works in multiple media, including acrylic, watercolor, and photography. He completed his MSEng in Sustainable Engineering and has since taken on projects ranging from designing a tiny home on wheels to helping start a company to launching his artist website ( @ArtbySamWJJ


Liz Neeley is the Associate Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS. She specializes in the social media and multimedia components of our workshops and outreach efforts and is an expert in coral reef ecosystems. @LizNeeley



BoydBranchBoyd Branch is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theater at Arizona State University. He is a digital arts and performance specialist focused primarily on developing novel, provocative, and educational experiences for the stage, gallery, and web. His most current work involves the integration of the performing arts with science.



Thomas P Seager, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) at ASU. He coordinates the sustainable engineering graduate program and teaches a graduate course called Sustainability Ethics that emphasizes cultivation and understanding of empathy in sustainability science and engineering students. @seagertp



Xanthe Matychak founded Make Better Stuff, a non-profit organization based in Ithaca NY that creates educational materials and experiences that improve understanding of materials and product design. She holds degrees in computer graphics, music (voice) and an MFA in Industrial Design. @xanthm

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