Panels are roundtable style discussions where panelists discuss selected topics, then open to the audience for a lively discussion. Panels are great for those who have stories and experiences to share and also for those who have questions, but didn't know where or how to ask. Our panels cover business topics, teaching, and the Guild.

Slumps, Bumps, and Dumps: piloting your career through the inevitable ups and downs

Gail Guth and Ikumi Kayama

So… your career has stalled. This can happen at any time, and usually DOES happen more than once in a freelancer’s career. You have no work, or you don’t like the work you have, you just aren’t enthused, you are drawing blanks instead of pretty images….what to do? Do you throw in the towel and apply for a job at Michael’s, take that class you’ve always wanted, or devote your newly-found free time to sprucing up your portfolio and your website and develop a new marketing initiative?

This isn’t going to be a “woe is me” session, rather we aim to discuss positive steps to take and/or attitudes to adopt to help get those creative juices flowing again and reinvent your career. There are no promises, no single answers, just some time-honored positive approaches to take. Just gaining the knowledge that you are definitely NOT alone helps immeasurably! Join us as we work ourselves through the slumps, bumps, and dumps!

Teaching Scientific Illustration

Karen Ackoff, Linda Feltner, Gretchen Halpert, Sara Taliaferro, Scott Rawlins, Dolores Santoliquido

Panel discussing the teaching of scientific illustration. This may include a variety of topics, including curricular concerns as well as format (classes, workshop, online course) and other considerations (age of students, focus of course, etc.). Questions will be taken at the end of the discussion.

Panel-style presentation by the GNSI Board of Directors

GNSI How-to's: Ed funds, chapters, conferences, and more!

Ikumi Kayama, Vice President
Sara Taliaferro, Education Director
Daisy Chung, Membership Secretary

Do you love GNSI as much as we do? Did the meeting inspire you with new techniques and business tips to expand your knowledge about scientific illustration? Did you meet great colleagues? Join us for an open-discussion style panel with the GNSI experts who will share with you ways to get more out of your GNSI membership.

Volunteer with the Guild: GNSI is a volunteer-based organization. Giving back to GNSI is a great way to meet fellow scientific illustrators, learn a trick or two, and to help with the daily operations of the Guild. We are looking for volunteers in all areas of expertise from graphic design to writing to marketing.

How to apply for Ed Funds: Did you ever wonder where the auction proceeds were going? The donations are set aside to help GNSI members and chapters to organize events that will educate others about scientific illustration. Do you want to put together an art exhibit, workshop, or a lecture? The ed fund can help! Sara, our Education Director, will share with you the basic process and some tips.

How to start a new chapter: Did you discover that you are not the only scientific illustrator in your state? Our local GNSI Chapters are the backbone of the GNSI family. Chapters provide fellowship and opportunities for field trips, exhibits, and interaction with the public that are rare at the National level. But how do you start a chapter? Join Daisy Chung, GNSI Membership Director, and Diana Marques, GNSI Outreach Director, for an informal presentation and discussion on the benefits and procedures involved. If you are already part of the chapter, join us to brainstorm for ideas and share your stories.

How to bring GNSI to your town (a conference!) Tired of traveling miles and miles to come to a GNSI conference? Why not host one in your town? The conference experts will share with you the basics to get the conference team started. If your chapter has hosted a conference before, join us to learn about the revamped conference planning booklet, timeline, and team structures.

Your turn! Tell us what you think:
Do you have an idea for a talk/workshop? We are always looking for leads to find speakers, presenters, panelists, and workshop instructors. Do you have ideas to make GNSI even better? Let us know! We will have clipboards/post-it notes where you can stop by and share your ideas before they fade away as you head back to the real world.

Business Panel

Jennifer Fairman and Cheryl McCutchan

Jeni and Cheryl will present information in four business areas essential to freelancers: business plans, marketing, networking, and social media. When you’re just getting started or a bit lost on your path to freelance independence, a business plan acts as your roadmap to attaining your freelance goals. Marketing and networking are essential tools to achieve your freelance goals. Jeni and Cheryl will discuss marketing and networking techniques to grow your business. Social media provide excellent opportunities to both network and market your business, but the array of social media platforms can be daunting. Jeni and Cheryl will help you hone your use of social media to grow your network of colleagues and potential clients and to market your business. Please bring your questions and expertise in these areas to this lively and informative discussion of business practices for freelancers.