Science Communication Conference

Project aims:

The Conference addresses the key issues facing science communicators in the UK and brings together people who are involved in public engagement. It is an opportunity to network and share ideas and best practice.

Summary of activity:

Organise a 2 day conference for about 360 delegates, inviting speakers to present, inviting call for proposals for session ideas. Included parallel and break out workshop-style sessions.

Evaluation approach:

Online feedback form; numbers attended; self reflection

What went well:

1: Programme was felt to be well structured (82% respondents) - we used a call for proposals as well as programming group deciding on speakers which seemed to work well.95% felt that basing the conference programme on calls for proposals was a good idea and should be used in the future.
2: 95% respondents satisfied with venue - we used the newly built Kings Place as the venue which is a music venue.
3: A majority of delegates felt that there had been enough time for networking (86%)

What was learned:

1: Change lunch format - not enough food and room used for food was not big enough
2: Speakers tended to overun so not enoguth time for questions and discussions so have external chairs to keep better time.
3: Ensure speakers do not use the opportunity to speak as a platform to talk about their project. Ensure they raise key issues and learning aspects to be discussed.

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Started (approximately):

June 2009

Ended: (approximately)

June 2009

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Alice Taylor-Gee
British Science Association

I manage the Science in Society programme which runs a number of schemes and events to encourage scientists to better communicate thier research to the public.…

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