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2023 Visual SciComm Seminar

Join us for this virtual lecture series on visual scientific communication.

The Fall 2023 series took place on Fridays from 4-5pm ET/1-2pm PT. The Spring 2024 series will be on Fridays starting in February and information will be available soon! Please use the “contact us” page to submit your email address if you would like to receive updates.

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Getting Started with Multimedia Science Communication and Animation

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Marley Jarvis

Senior Outreach and Education Specialist, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington

Multimedia storytelling can be a wonderful way to connect people with research in a way that is engaging and humanizing. This includes animation, illustration, photography, video, podcasts, and many other forms of the communication arts. In this seminar, Marley will give an introduction to how to approach visual science communication, with a focus on creating fun, mixed-media, animated videos. You can find examples of these animated shorts at

We will walk through how to think about visual and multimedia storytelling for non-scientific or broad audiences, as well as strategies for when, where, and why to add visuals and animations to your science communication. Also, we will talk a little bit about some of the specific software and hardware that Marley uses in creating animations.  |

Registration Closed

Friday, October 13, 2023

Making Your Science Communication Accessible To People With Disabilities

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Patrick Garvin

User Experience Developer at Maritz, Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism

People often say that the first rule of communication is to “know your audience.” Part of knowing your audience includes knowing how they will access your communication, and what you might need to do to make it as accessible as possible. In this session, you will learn about the various ways that people with disabilities use the web, and how to factor that into your communication. This includes how to describe an image for people who cannot see it, how to write useful link text, how to think about color, and how to write plainly without sacrificing the science that you need to describe and include.

Registration closed

Friday, October 20, 2023

Fine Art in the Service of Science: A Tool for Science Literacy

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Victor O. Leshyk

Director, Science and Art, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University

With 20+ years as a science artist and communicator, Victor O. Leshyk has worked with major museums, scientific journals, and various media outlets to illustrate and present scientific principles, news, and discoveries. In this seminar talk, he provides a tour of his extensive portfolio to describe his experience and philosophy of sci-art as a tool to build science literacy. He will discuss his flexible process of background research, client interviews, and stylistic choices that produce each unique project alongside technical approaches for digital and non-digital art.

Registration Closed

Friday, November 3, 2023

Politics of the Scientific Image

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GB Kim

Artist and scientific illustrator

GB will cover practical aspects of the work she provides, specifically for the Explorer’s Guide to Biology: what is requested of her, research & image processes, and goals & challenges.  She will then step back and examine some more philosophical aspects of scientific communication: the history of the image & the culture of scientific objectivity, what this history has meant for the practice of science and science communicators, and how we might understand and become accountable for the power of image making.

Registration closed