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Science Communication

Communication takes more than intact hair cells.  While my research centers around protecting hair cells and preserving hearing, I have a broader interest in communication: how do we talk to each other to share our message?  I am particularly interested in how scientists communicate, both with other scientists and with public audiences. I teach presentation workshops for students and postdocs and direct the WSU Graduate Certificate in Research Communication. Please contact me at allison.coffin [at] if you would like to schedule a workshop for your group or want more information on the certificate.


Aligning with my interests in science communication, I’m the President of Science Talk, a non-profit organization that conducts annual science communication conferences and regular workshops. Our next conference is March 23-25, 2022 at the Tiffany Center in Portland, OR (and virtually from everywhere). Sign up to join our mailing list.





Toastmasters International offers terrific opportunities to improve communication (and leadership) skills in a fun and supportive environment.  I’ve been a member of Toastmasters for over 10 years and I credit this organization with my current success and my continuing desire to improve. Our local Salmon Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great place for students and community members to practice their communication skills.  We currently meet on Zoom and guests are always welcome!

If you’re a scientist looking for an opportunity to share your science with a wider audience, or part of that “wider audience” eager to learn about science from someone that will talk to you rather than over you, here are a few public science series with exemplary communicators: