LSC announces an exciting lineup of renowned speakers for the 2023 science communication colloquium

Mark your calendars as LSC’s 2023 science communication colloquium will bring distinguished speakers from all over the U.S., and the world, to our UW-Madison campus, either in person or virtually. Colloquium attendees will hear from experts in science communication, science policy, science and technology studies, and new information technologies, among other interesting areas.

The colloquium will take place every Wednesday from 12:05 to 1 p.m. in 1420 Microbial Sciences unless otherwise noted on our social media platforms. All UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend, as well as members of the public.

This semester the colloquium is organized by LSC chair Dominique Brossard. You can find a list of this year’s speakers below and click on their names for more information about them. A recording of the presentation will also be made publicly available following the individual talks.

Every spring, you can follow @UW_LSC or #uwlsc700 on Twitter for live tweets from the talks.

Speaker schedule 

02/01: Dietram ScheufeleProfessor & Taylor-Bascom Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison

02/08: Yotam Ophir  – Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo, “Alt-Health: The alarming politicization of science and medicine in far-right social media.”

02/15: Todd Newman – Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, “From glowing zebrafish to the search for dark matter: Why (or why not) connect the public to basic science?”

02/22: Heather Akin – Assistant Professor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, “Tracking rural Nebraskans’ attitudes on climate, water, and energy through the Nebraska Rural Poll.”

03/01: Declan Fahy – Associate Professor, School of Communications, Dublin City University, “The watchdog science journalism of Retraction Watch.”

03/08: Chaoqun Ni – Assistant Professor, The Information School, UW-Madison, “Gender differences in the career trajectories of scientists.”

03/15: Spring Break

03/22: Corey Jackson – Assistant Professor, The Information School, UW-Madison, “Citizen science: Supporting advanced work through design.”

03/29: Jamie Druckman – Associate Director, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, “Misperceptions, competition, and support for democracy: Are meta-perceptions corrections effective?”

04/05: Kirsten Ellenbogen – President & CEO, Great Lakes Science Center, Reflections a decade later on “The Convergence of Informal Science Education and Science Communication.”

04/12: Jingwen Zhang – Associate Professor, Department of Communication, UC-Davis, “AI-driven communication for persuasion and behavior change.”

04/19: Liz Neeley – Founder & CEO, Liminal Creations, “Sensemaking, storytelling, and science communication.”

04/26: Katherine L. Milkman – Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions Department, University of Pennsylvania, “How can we most effectively communicate with the public to encourage vaccination? A megastudy approach to finding solutions.”


Written by: Jocelyn Cao, LSC M.S. ’23
Published: January 2022