Seattle, Washington

• Sunday, July 29, 2018 • 


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The People's Science is coming to Seattle!

Participate in an interactive workshop and Write-a-thon experience to practice writing for a lay audience! Bring a lay summary of a research article (doesn't have to be your own). The Campus Tour will provide scientists with formal training in effectively communicating their work to the public. Spots are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. Come for the training, stay and mingle!



Help us spread the word!

Whether you are interested in interviewing the organizing team, sharing our digital flyer on social media, or disseminating information about the event to your campus or group, you will find everything you need in the packet below.



Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

1:30pm - 5:00pm

Light appetizers will be provided. Food & drink available for purchase.



This is a free event!

However, all attendees are required to register by 11:59pm, July 25, 2018.

Please consider helping us improve our programs and further the field by completing our optional pre-event surveys during registration.


1:30pm Check-in

2:00pm Interactive workshop and Write-a-thon

5:00pm Stay and mingle!


Thank you to our local sponsors and partners who help make this event possible!



Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? Contact our lead organizer, William Chen (


Are you an experienced science writer? We could use your help as an Ambassador and Coach! Attend a training session the morning of July 29. Then, help attendees through the writing process while networking with scientists and writers. Contact William Chen ( for more details. 


Our local team includes a wide range of students and professionals from across fields.

Natalie Jones Slivinski
Elisa Bonin
Breanna Draxler

William Chen, Lead Organizer
William Chen is an environmental writer with expertise in quantitative ecology. Currently, he manages communications for ECOSS, a nonprofit focused on multicultural outreach for environmental sustainability. He was a founding organizer of the Seattle chapter of ComSciCon and has written about freshwater ecology and water management in outlets such as Nautilus and Scientific American.

Natalie Jones Slivinski, Organizer
Natalie is a disease biology researcher turned science writer based in Seattle, WA. She left the lab to explore the many other areas of science she loves, including STEM public literacy, the stigma of mental health disparities, individualized learning, and how the changing climate affects the spread of disease. She writes about drug resistance, vaccines, marine zoology, ecology, evolution, behavioral psychology, science in the media, and bugs. She is also a Science Communication Fellow and volunteer at PacSci.

Elisa Bonnin, Organizer
Elisa is a PhD candidate in oceanography at the University of Washington. She has been a member of the board of directors of Engage, a graduate-student led science communication organization, for 3 years. She has also acted as a narrative writer for EarthGames UW, creating science-based video games, has written science-based articles for Massive Science, and is an active science communication fellow at the Pacific Science Center.

Breanna Draxler, Organizer
Breanna is a science journalist who specializes in stories on the environment. She currently edits for magazines including National Geographic, Knowable, and Grist. Previously, she has been an editor on staff at Popular Science, bioGraphic, and Discover. She also serves as a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and of the Northwest Science Writers.