SMASH: Celebrating the Best Science Media, Boston, September 20-22

I’m very excited about moderating a conversation about the BIG TRENDS in Science Media at the SMASH Conference in Boston next month.

The session follows the opening Keynote by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito.

Here is the presser from the Jackson Hole / WGBH team behind SMASH:

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As the curators of the Science Media Awards Summit in the Hub (SMASH), we believe storytelling is a common thread in our shared human experience, and that new media allows us to convey the wonders of scientific discovery in new and compelling ways.

There has never been a more important time in scientific discovery to communicate science to public audiences. That’s why we created SMASH.

  • Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH join forces to bring SMASH16 (Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub) to Boston, a global center for scientific research and technological innovation.
  • From September 20 – 22, 2016, more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape.
  • Register for your pass.

Here are the highlights of September’s upcoming conference.

Opening Keynote with Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab

  • Poised to lead the MIT Media Lab into its fourth decade of disruptive innovation, self-described “now-ist” Joi Ito has operated at the bleeding edge of culture and technology since the dawn of the internet age.
  • Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA, leads a provocative discussion exploring the evolving role of media in our digital culture—with a look toward envisioning what the future may hold.

Daily Programming: A Sneak Peak

  • Breaking Science: In the News
  • Experiential Media & Immersive Storytelling
  • Bringing Big Data to Life
  • Beyond Clickbait: Creating Smart, Strategic & Irresistible Online Content
  • Scientists Taking a Stand
  • The Sound of Science

Closing Keynote with Steven Pinker & Richard Wrangham

  • More than at any point in history, media today has the power to break down cultural barriers and forge a sense of interconnectedness across the planet.
  • At the same time, media can be used as a tool to incite violence, evidenced by the terrifying new dimensions of terrorism and crime.
  • Marco Werman interviews two of our generation’s most incisive thinkers on this subject.
  • This session will be live-streamed on Facebook, and edited for later distribution as a segment on PRI’s The World.