PMB Student/Postdoc Seminar: Leveraging Social Media for Science Communication and Professional Development

Seminar | March 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Sara ElShafie, Grad student, IB; Aaron Pomerantz, Grad student, IB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

What is the most effective way to use social media to share your scientific work with the public? How can you use social media to network and find professional opportunities? This workshop will explore how you can use social media to advance your career and heighten the impact of your work.

The Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG) hosts a special Student Postdoc Seminar on social media and science communication by Sara ElShafie and Aaron Pomerantz.

There will be snacks and coffee. Please bring a mug.

Sara ElShafie is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. She runs a workshop series, Science Through Story, that focuses on story training for science communication. She is developing the series in collaboration with artists at Pixar Animation Studios and educators at the UC Museum of Paleontology. Sara also organized a recent symposium, Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences, with speakers from the scientific community and arts and entertainment industries.

Aaron Pomerantz is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Integrative Biology. Prior to starting his doctoral program at UC Berkeley, Aaron spent over two years leading expeditions as a field biologist and science reporter in the Peruvian Amazon. A National Geographic grantee, his work has been featured in media outlets such as the BBC, PBS Nature, CNN, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Buzzfeed. Aaron frequently produces content for his social media outlets, which currently have over 35,000 followers across platforms.

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at