WGBH News and Media Relations


September 15, 2014

WGBH and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to Host 2014 Science Media Symposium and Awards

Scientists and science media professionals to discuss public engagement with science and technology through media

BOSTON, Mass. (September 15, 2014) – Forty years ago, WGBH Boston produced America’s first national science series, NOVA. Building on that proud tradition, WGBH, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, will host the 2014 Science Media Awards and Symposium, September 17-19 at WGBH Studios in Brighton.

The Symposium brings over 350 scientists and science media professionals together to examine the state and future of public engagement with science and technology through media. Keynote speakers will address topics like science literacy, the future of science programming, the impact of online media, innovation and storytelling. Speakers include NOVA Executive Producer Paula Apsell, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Kirk Johnson, National Geographic Channel Vice President Allan Butler, writer Carl Zimmer and NASA Earth Science Producer Matthew Radcliff, among others.

The 2014 Science Media Awards received more than 480 film entries in 23 categories. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges preceding the Science Media Symposium and will be announced at a gala awards celebration at the New England Aquarium on September 17.

The Symposium will take place September 17-19 at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, in Brighton. The Museum of Science will screen a number of films from the list of finalists at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, including NOVA’s “Decoding Neanderthals,” “Inside the Megastorm” and “Rise of the Drones,” which were produced in Boston by WGBH. For more information visit http://www.jhfestival.org/

NOVA Labs will demo their RNA Lab on Friday, September 19 during the Networking Lunch and Demo session. In this Lab, geared toward middle and high school students, gamers learn the principles of chemistry and how molecules bond, then play the role of a molecular engineer by solving RNA folding puzzles. They can then take their skills to Eterna, where they can design RNAs that could be at the heart of future life-saving therapies. The RNA Lab is a Jackson Hole Science Media Awards finalist in the Best Online and Interactive Media category.

NOVA Labs is a new digital platform where citizen scientists can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.

Press interested in covering the Science Media Symposium and 2014 Science Media Awards must RSVP to Mike Raia or Emily Balk by COB Tuesday, September 16. Phone: (617) 300-5333 or (617) 300-5317.


Recognized as the premiere event of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled industry gathering. Hosted biennially in Grand Teton National Park, over 650 international delegates participate in an exceptional slate of leading-edge equipment presentations, seminars and state-of-the-art screenings.

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WGBH Media Relations

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