Title:

Early-career researchers workshop: Standing up for Science media

Where:

Glasgow, UK

Start Date:

Wednesday 16th September

Description:

16 September 2015, University of Glasgow, UK

 

Are you PASSIONATE about your RESEARCH?

 

Do you think it is important for GOOD SCIENCE and EVIDENCE to be communicated to a wider audience?

 

What can you do to address SCIENTIFIC MISCONCEPTIONS and MISINFORMATION?

 

This FREE full day event runs from 10:30am to 5pm and is open to early career researchers and scientists in all SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

 

Science in the media: What happens when research announcements go wrong; statistics are manipulated; risk factors are distorted; or discussions become polarised? Speakers include Dr Kirsty Park, Reader in Conservation Science, University of Stirling and Professor Miles Padgett, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Glasgow. One more speaker to be confirmed.

 

What journalists are looking for: How do journalists approach stories and balance the need for news and entertainment with reporting science? And deal with accusations of polarising debates and misrepresenting facts? Speakers include Eleanor Bradford, BBC Scotland Health Correspondent; Peter Ranscombe, freelance journalist. One more speaker to be confirmed.

 

Standing up for science; the nuts and bolts: This session offers practical guidance for early career researchers to get their voices heard in debates about science; how to respond to bad science when you see it; and top tips for if you come face-to-face with a journalist! Speakers include Ross Barker, Media Relations Officer, University of Glasgow; Olivia Kirtley, Voice of Young Science representative; and Sense About Science.

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