Celebrating the Best Science Storytellers

Our friends at Jackson Hole WILD offer a preview of their upcoming Boston event, a week before #DCEFFinBoston.

If you haven’t heard the news already, here’s the scoop — DCEFF is making history and going “On Tour” to Boston. The traveling showcase takes place September 28-29 at Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge and features four, exceptional environmental films, presented by Bank of America. Visit dceff.org/Boston to find out screening details and purchase tickets.

If you happen to be in Boston or know someone in the area, then you should also know that DCEFF is definitely in great company. As a HUBweek event, the Festival is one of a 130 creative and innovative organizations at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

In addition, a week prior to our On Tour: Boston event, DCEFF’s Executive Director Maryanne Culpepper will be attending SMASH 2016, a science and media event hosted by our friends at Jackson Hold WILD and Boston’s WBGH. For all you film fans, science lovers and storytellers, this three-day summit is the perfect way to prepare yourself for #DCEFFinBoston.

Here’s a preview of what to expect at SMASH:


There has never been a more important time in scientific discovery to communicate science to public audiences. That’s why there’s SMASH.

Jackson Hole WILD and WGBH join forces to bring SMASH16 (Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub) to Boston, a global center for scientific research and technological innovation. From September 20 – 22, 2016, more than 300 science media stakeholders will gather to celebrate exceptional media, cutting-edge discoveries and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly-changing media landscape. Register for your pass.

A few highlights from the upcoming conference include:

Opening Keynote with Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab

Poised to lead the MIT Media Lab into its fourth decade of disruptive innovation, self-described “now-ist” Joi Ito has operated at the bleeding edge of culture and technology since the dawn of the internet age. Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA, leads a provocative discussion exploring the evolving role of media in our digital culture—with a look toward envisioning what the future may hold.

Daily Programming: A Sneak Peak

  • Breaking Science: In the News
  • Experiential Media & Immersive Storytelling
  • Bringing Big Data to Life
  • Beyond Clickbait: Creating Smart, Strategic & Irresistible Online Content
  • Scientists Taking a Stand
  • The Sound of Science

Closing Keynote with Steven Pinker & Richard Wrangham

More than at any point in history, media today has the power to break down cultural barriers and forge a sense of interconnectedness across the planet. At the same time, media can be used as a tool to incite violence, evidenced by the terrifying new dimensions of terrorism and crime. Marco Werman interviews two of our generation’s most incisive thinkers on this subject. This session will be live-streamed on Facebook, and edited for later distribution as a segment on PRI’s The World.


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