Who did you work with and what was their role in your project?
I led the executive board and committee chairs as we collaborated with our expert speakers to put together our two-day conference. In total, we offered 22 sessions including workshops, lectures, networking opportunities, and social events.
How did you manage relationships with key stakeholders in your college to achieve your project goals?
I reached out to the Deans and department chairs to schedule meetings with them if they wanted more information. The initial email was very detailed about what we were trying to accomplish. I have met with these stakeholders in the past before too so that was helpful.
What is the impact of your project? Who was your target audience and what difference did your project make for them?
Our conference helped to bring together individuals who are passionate about science communication. Our attendees included a mix of students who were interested in entering science communication fields and experts looking to connect to peers and provide advice to the next generation. Our formal sessions included presentations and workshops that were targeted to specific interest areas, and we also offered space for networking and other informal conversations, all of which was well-received by our attendees.
If someone were to continue your work in the future, what advice would you have for them?
It was very important to us to highlight the diversity of science communicators as we worked to put together this conference, and we would encourage anyone else looking to plan a similar event to do the same. For anyone looking to host a virtual conference, make sure that your technology is accessible, and have members of your team ready to assist with any technical difficulties.
How did this work contribute to your personal leadership development?
Through the process of planning and executing a conference of this scale, our leadership team was able to gain valuable skills related to event planning, public relations, marketing, grant-writing, and innovative technology use. I was able to guide our team in conducting all of this which helped me feel prepared for future event planning. I learned a lot about what it takes to run a successful large-scale event, and I look forward to the opportunity to use these skills when planning future MSU SciComm programs.
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