The 2015 COPUS Invitational Unconference

COPUS strives to have a diverse and inclusive conversation about why science matters to all members of society. To do this, we will invite a core group of up to 40 individuals to gather at our 2015 unconference.

2015 Unconference Dates: October 1-4, 2015

The 2015 Unconference will convene an inclusive and open-minded conversation to strengthening the dialog about science in society while respecting diverse points of view and lay groundwork for programs that will take place in 2016.

To celebrate a new partnership with the National Park Service, this 2015 event will take place at America's oldest national park - Yellowstone. Agenda details are forthcoming.

Application to attend the 2015 Unconference. Though the number of available openings is limited, we encourage all interested people to apply to attend. Criteria for attendee selection are that individuals: represent a diverse set of experiences or point of view; have a positive and collaborative personality; respect diverse perspectives and approaches, are ready to roll up their sleeves to do the work that will reach the community's goals, and are comfortable with a fluid schedule that will evolve as the dialog changes and reveals new questions to be answered and work to be done.

Origins of the Unconference

COPUSIn 2011, with the momentum of the Year of Science 2009 still in full gear, a group of COPUS members envisioned bringing together artists, educators, scientists, technologists, hobbyists and more to join forces and help to increase public understanding of and engagement with science. And so the COPUS Invitational Unconference was born! At this event, a group of invited guests, who ordinarily operate in isolation, join together to share knowledge, experiences, and discuss challenges. The conference is a think tank, a networking event, a showcase, a forum and a celebration - all rolled into one.

Paul ShinDuring the event, COPUS also awards the Paul Shin Memorial Award, formed to honor the contributions made by former COPUS Core member, Paul Shin, who demonstrated unrelenting passion in promoting good science in everything he did - as a teacher, police officer, and society member. Paul was an unsung hero of science, and this award enables COPUS to honor his memory, and those like him whose contributions often go unrecognized.

COPUS The attendees drive the events agenda. Together, invitees brainstorm on the topics of interest. This year we will be working toward celebrating science in 2015 at multiple levels, but always focusing on: how science works, who scientists are and why science matters.

Intrigued? Learn more by taking a peek at past events!

Community 2014 Unconference

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