3 January 2019

AGU18 debrief: Y’all love scicomm…and that makes us happy

Posted by Shane Hanlon

By Shane M Hanlon

Yes, I know. Fall Meeting was last month (and year), so what took us so long? Honestly…we were exhausted, but for the best reasons. Turns out that y’all love scicomm so much and helped to make AGU18 one of most successful for Sharing Science yet!

Our rock star social media and storytelling experts! Credit: Wendy Bohon

This year was wild. We hosted ~30 unique events from workshops to panels to film screenings and more! And, for the first time ever, we split our efforts between our comms/media side and policy side, with a full suite of complimentary activities on the policy side of things! So, we wanted to (briefly) share some highlights, hand out some thanks, and provide follow-up.



Everything was so, so great. We continued our pre-meeting tradition of Sunday scicomm and storytelling workshops, our ever-expanding Sketch Your Science wall, and Open Mic Night and Story Collider, just to name a few. And this year we were so pleased to have new offerings:

  • Workshops: Science podcasting, storytelling in scicomm, scicomm via multimedia, science poetry, film making crash course, art & science relationships, how to sketch science
  • Panels: Voices for Science, Summiting the Solar System: Pluto & Beyond
  • Misc: TWO Up-Goer 5 sessions, live Third Pod from the Sun recording with James Balog


We couldn’t have done it without the help of so many great folks. Our thanks to the following people:

James Tuttle Keane, JoAnna Wendel, Beth Bartel, Wendy BohonEve MosherPatrick Chandler, Marda Kirn, Tim van EmmerikYudhijit BhattacharjeeShaena MontanariRob O’MalleyRyan Vachon, Ryan Haupt, Maryam Zaringhalam, and sooooo many more!


If you’re reading this, you likely see value/are interested in scicomm. So, big things:

A small smattering of various helpful stuff from our events:

Our amazing Story Collider storytellers! Credit: Maryam Zaryinghalam

Finally, check out our website for all your scicomm needs! We are truly excited for another year of Sharing Science and thank you all for showing us how much folks care about and believe in what we do. Stay tuned for even more in 2019!

-Shane M Hanlon is a Program Manager in AGU’s Sharing Science Program. Find him @ecologyofshane.