Pack your bags for SciCommCamp 2018!

science, s’mores, and stargazing

Welcome to Camp

Join us Nov 2-4!

Want to sharpen your science communication skills and learn how to tell compelling stories in new ways? Come join us in Southern California for an intimate weekend of workshops, networking, and socializing!

SciCommCamp offers a camp-style retreat that brings science communicators and scientists of all career stages together for a weekend of networking and training. By spending time together outside of a typical academic or conference-style setting, participants are inspired to think about science communication in fresh and exciting ways.

New this year: a poster session! Share your science with the SciCommCamp community. Click here for details.

About the Venue

About the Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Nestled in 3,000 acres only 30 minutes from Los Angeles, the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus is the perfect setting for SciCommCamp. Here you can clear your mind and prepare to focus in an environment ideal for creative thinking and productive collaboration.

The Brandeis-Bardin Campus offers comfortable, hotel-style cottages each with modern private bathrooms, heating and air-conditioning, and linens. In addition to workshops and discussion sessions, you’ll be afforded ample time to enjoy nature, whether by hiking the miles of trails on the grounds or simply relaxing in the shade on the tree-lined sports field.

For out of town participants, Brandeis-Bardin is conveniently located whether you’ll be flying into LAX or Burbank Airport. Find driving directions by clicking here.




Our Team

Meet the Directors


SciCommCamp Co-Founder

Sarah Keartes is a science & wildlife journalist based in the Pacific Northwest.


SciCommCamp Co-Founder

Cara Santa Maria is a three-time Los Angeles Area Emmy Award-winning journalist, television presenter/producer, and podcaster.


SciCommCamp Co-Founder

Dr. Jason G. Goldman is an award-winning science journalist, author, speaker, and expedition leader.

Presenting the SciCommCamp 2018 Faculty

Jess Phoenix


Jess Phoenix is a volcanologist, an extreme explorer, and former candidate for United States Congress.

Maryn McKenna

Keynote Speaker

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health and food policy.

Morra Aarons-Mele

Workshop Presenter

Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of social impact agency Women Online and host of the podcast "Hiding in the Bathroom."

Rachel Ignotofsky

Workshop Presenter

Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator, based in beautiful Los Angeles.

Adam Becker

Workshop Presenter

Adam Becker is an author, astrophysicist, and public speaker. His book is "What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics."

Teagan Wall

Workshop Presenter

Teagan Wall is an Emmy-nominated writer and speaker. She's written for Young Sheldon, Bill Nye Saves the World, and the PBS digital series Braincraft.

Sanden Totten

Workshop Presenter

Sanden Totten is co-creator of Brains On, the NSF-funded podcast for kids. He's also an Emmy-nominated writer for Netflix's Bill Nye Saves the World.

Kate Gammon

Workshop Presenter

Katharine Gammon is a freelance science writer based in Santa Monica.

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Registration Options

use the coupon code ‘earlybird’ through August 31 for a $25 discount

Registration includes:

Two workshops | All discussion sessions | Keynote address | All meals and snacks | Saturday evening “Science Carnival” | Stargazing + Climbing Wall + More!

Online registration for SciCommCamp 2018 is closed. However, we may still be able to squeeze you in! Use the contact form to get in touch.


we’re thrilled to offer several scholarships this year

Recipients will be asked to volunteer a few hours of their time during the retreat, such as with registration or preparing for Saturday evening’s Science Carnival.


hear what people are saying

SciCommCamp presented opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and learn new skills to add to my toolbox. It’s different than any other conference I have ever been to…This is the nerdy summer camp experience you always wanted, but with all of your SciComm friends.
I leave most conferences feeling inspired, but exhausted. I left SciCommCamp feeling inspired and energized.
A SciCommCamper
It was like a summer camp but where everyone was excited to talk about science. The camp atmosphere made it extra special, especially for those of us who didn’t fit in well enough to feel that kind of bond at summer camp growing up. SciCommCamp was absolutely amazing!
MASHA EVPAKThe Genetics Gal
I learned so much. From getting to know and talking to people form VERY different backgrounds and career stages, to taking the workshops, the whole weekend was such an incredible learning experience. I loved it.
A SciCommCamper
SciCommCamp reaffirmed my belief that a community of talented, interesting people from diverse backgrounds can empower each other through connection and creativity. The people gathered around our family-style meals were some of the most important connections I have made, challenging me to become a more effective science communicator.
Adrienne GodshalxPortland State University
Camp is a great equalizer. There’s something about clearing your own dishes that keeps people honest and friendly.
A SciCommCamper

Register for SciCommCamp!

Use the coupon code 'earlybird' through August 31 for a $25 discount.

Don’t miss out!