communication panel

saturday, june 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 pm | monadnock room

Scientists often have to explain the impact and significance of their research to diverse groups such as non-expert scientists, funders and the lay public; however, many researchers find it challenging to design appropriate messaging and language for diverse audiences.  This panel is designed to help early career researchers learn how to communicate better about science to other scientists, funding agencies and the public. Gain training in writing, speaking, and communicating to better articulate information clearly and logically to acquire skills that will benefit you at conferences, during presentations and with your colleagues. 


Leah G. Lindsay, BS

Vice President of External Relations at Seeding Labs

Leah G. Lindsay is the VP of External Relations at Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit that invests in scientists in developing countries. Working across the Seeding Labs team, Leah helps bring the Seeding Labs mission to life through communications strategy and outreach. Prior to joining Seeding Labs, she led external relations for City Connects, an education nonprofit based at Boston College. At the PR firm Solomon McCown, she represented nonprofit and healthcare organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Atrius Health, and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. Her experience in scientific storytelling began at the Harvard Medical School Office of Public Affairs, where she publicized the faculty’s research findings. Leah holds a BS in journalism from the Boston University College of Communication. You can find her work on behalf of Seeding Labs at, and


Eric Tytell, PhD

Assistant Professor at Tufts University

Dr. Tytell studies the biomechanics and neural control of swimming in fishes. His research addresses two broad questions. First, how do fishes produce the forces that propel them forward and enable them to maneuver so effectively? And second, how do they control their locomotion in the face of a complex and variable environment? The ultimate goal of this research is to develop general principles to understand how fishes swim and maneuver stably yet effectively, and how these principles have affected the evolution of the body plan of fishes and vertebrates as a whole. In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Tytell is an experienced scientific communicator and instructor. He completed a AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship in 2004 and has published articles in the popular press and in peer reviewed journals.