Writing Your Science Story: How to Get Everyone Else Excited about Your Work

ASCB is presenting a series of Education and Professional Development videos for the benefit of our members.

Writing Your Science Story: How to Get Everyone Else Excited about Your Work

This video was recorded on December 10 at the 2109 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in Washington, DC. Organized by the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS)

Moderator: Amanda Haage, University of North Dakota


  • Natalya Ortolano, Vanderbilt University
  • Adriana Bankston, University of California
  • Jaye Gardiner, Fox Chase Cancer Center

In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators to gain a competitive edge and make a difference in their communities. Explaining science to the public is an essential skill for any scientist, whether it is to engage with outreach opportunities, to educate students, or to communicate with patient advocates on grant panels and at fundraisers. This session aims to equip everyone with the tools they need to become successful writers when addressing the public, whether discussing their own work or the broader impact of their field. Participants will have the chance to hear from exceptional guest speakers and to take part in hands-on activities to refine their science writing and public communication skills.


  1. Appreciate the impact of science writing for the public and understand what makes writing captivating to a nonspecialist audience.
  2. Learn tools to engage the public with your work through powerful writing by breaking down complex scientific concepts.
  3. Learn how to edit your own writing to adapt it to different situations.

About the Author:

This post was collaboratively written by several ASCB staff members.