ComSciCon = communicating science conference

The Global Change Center is proud to be one of the co-sponsors of Virginia Tech’s first ComSciCon-local event! ComSciCon-local is a conference organized by and created for graduate students. Allison Hutchison, a current PhD candidate in Rhetoric & Writing here at Virginia Tech, is working with VT’s Center for Communicating Science to lead the planning efforts for this workshop in March 2019. She’s looking for partners (both graduate students and faculty experts) to help with planning, advertising, supporting and running the conference. If you are interested, please reach out to her at!

How can I get involved?

Graduate Students are needed for help in the planning and implementation of the event, input for content desired, and to attend as participants!

Faculty are invited to participate in panels or by providing feedback during the Write-A-Thon workshop on the Friday of the event.

Please reach out to Allison Hutchison at to get involved!

Statement of purpose for ComSciCon
ComSciCon-local workshops are intended to provided exceptional professional development services to their graduate student attendees which will empower young scientists to better communication with experts outside of their own fields and with the general public. Workshops emphasize training in science writing and web and multimedia communication through a combination of interactive discussion with professional communicators and hands-on practice sessions. Moreover, graduate students engaged in conference organization strongly develop collaboration and leadership skills valuable in both communication and research applications. They also have the opportunity to network with current and future leaders in science communication.