SELECT:  Spring 2024  |  Fall 2023

2024 Visual SciComm Seminar

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

The Spring series will take place on Fridays (see each session for the exact times). Participants must register to receive the Zoom link.  Please use the “contact us” page to submit your email address if you would like to receive updates as we add speakers to the lineup.

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Friday, February 2, 1-2pm ET/11am-noon AZ time

Communicating Science With Comics


Matteo Farinella

Science Multimedia Producer, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University

Matteo Farinella is a neuroscientist turned illustrator, currently working as Science Multimedia Producer for Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. Combining his scientific expertise with a life-long passion for drawing, he creates comics and animations for both adults and children. Combining the benefits of visualization with powerful metaphors and character-driven narratives, comics have the potential to make even the most complex scientific subjects more accessible and engaging for a wider audience.

Registration Closed

Friday, February 23, 1-2pm ET/11am-noon AZ Time

Ethical and Legal Ways to Use Images and Work with Artists for Science Communication


Bethann Garrimon Merkle

Director, Wyoming Science Communication Initiative, University of Wyoming

When looking for great images to communicate about science, the Internet is a treasure trove. But, if we are not making or using our own images, it is easy to overstep legal and ethical boundaries. In this talk, you’ll learn about best practices for using other people’s images that are visual intellectual property protected by copyrights. You’ll walk away with (a) lots of ideas about where to find free, ethically sourced images and (b) tips for working with artists if you decide to commission custom illustrations.

Zoology and Physiology | Zest (Blog)

Registration Closed

Friday, March 15, 2-3pm ET/11am-noon AZ time

Graphic Medicine


MK Czerwiec

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern Feinberg Medical School, University of Illinois at Chicago and co-founder of Graphic Medicine

MK will discuss the four ways graphic medicine is being used to improve science communication (educational comics, reflective comics, research comics, and advocacy comics).

Graphic Medicine | Comic Nurse

Friday, April 12, 2-3pm ET/11am-noon AZ time

How To Tell Your Science Story Online

Stephanie Castillo

Stephanie Castillo, PhD

Founder, Multimedia Producer at Phuture Doctors Studios

Our society’s third space is online. From news, entertainment, community building, and more…where do we as scientists play a role in this online ecosystem? With videos being the main source of how information is shared, this workshop will guide you on how to strategically share your science online covering the basics of audiences, platform, and storytelling to get you started on your journey in creating content.

Phuture Doctors Studio