Rho Tau (Research Triangle Park Chapter) welcomed over 60 scientists to the 95th annual GWIS conference on June 25th! Scientists (both male and female) from all career stages had the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Early career scientists shared their research through traditional poster presentations and talks and also outreach themed table presentations and short public talks.
Our keynote was a captivating walk through the various avenues of science outreach and science communication by Dr. Holly Menninger, the Director of Public Outreach at NC State’s College of Sciences. Concurrent sessions included a 3 person panel of leaders in the education and STEM outreach sector who gave important advice to those seeking an outreach career. We also had the pleasure of skyping with a pillar in the science community Dr.Elizabeth Weisburge,who gave an encouraging talk about her career and the future of women in science. The final concurrent session was a peer-review of outreach presentations.
After the concurrent session, we had the opportunity to hear from 4 presenters including a GWIS fellowship winner! After lunch, groups split for Hunt Library Tours, Arboretum Tour and outreach at NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Afterwards, we regathered for a poster presentation at the NC State Arboretum and continued with a banquet dinner with our speaker Scott Huler. We also had a hard fought silent auction and a celebratory award ceremony to present poster and talk prizes. For special thank you’s see here.
How could we forget the fun times at the Thursday and Friday pre-conference activities! These days included National officer meetings and a fun Comedy Show outing at Comedy Worx!