The Appalachian Science Communicators is a dynamic group of science communicators in the Appalachian region. Founded in early 2019, AppSciComm seeks to provide science communication support and camaraderie in a traditionally underserved part of the country. We welcome science communicators of every ilk – practicing journalists, institutional writers, freelancers, talkative scientists, students, podcasters and everyone in between.
Appalachia, in the Eastern United States, refers to a cultural region in the central and southern portions of a mountain range extending from New York to Mississippi. AppSciComm encourages members from states with areas touching the Appalachian range – New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Strictly speaking, most these states only have portions that are culturally “Appalachian.” However, for membership purposes we choose to err on the side of inclusivity in inviting science communicators from all these states to join.
A social and professional network, AppSciComm hosts regular meet-ups and events centered around the communication and understanding of science. We also have an active Facebook group where members can ask questions and seek advice from fellow science communicators.