Facility users public engagement symposium

Saturday 15 May 2010

user symposium

The symposium is open to anyone interested in communicating their research to the public
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A free STFC Public Engagement Symposium for neutron, muon and light source users will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 19th May 2010.

Registration closing date: Friday 23rd April 2010.

Register for the symposium

The symposium is open to any researcher interested in promoting their research to a wider audience, but particularly people early in their career. It will be informative and accessible to all, whether you have been involved in public outreach before or not.

The day will provide an array of training and networking opportunities; a place to share ideas with people experienced in public engagement; and will be a rewarding way to source new ideas and meet other people interested in speaking to the public about their research.

The symposium will also provide users and those grant-funded by other agencies with an ideal opportunity to articulate what support they would like from the STFC, particularly in helping to make the role of the facility part of the story.

Free transport will be provided from Didcot Parkway railway station to RAL. Registered delegates will also be invited to design and submit a poster promoting their research to a general public audience. The best poster on the day will receive a prize.

The Symposium is being run by STFC in association with Diamond, ILL and ESRF and Research Councils UK to highlight the crucial role these world class facilities play in advancing scientific knowledge for the wider benefit of society.

If you have any queries please contact Chris Woolford (chris.woolford@stfc.ac.uk), Science in Society Team, STFC, Swindon Office.

 

Draft Programme

10:30 - 10:40    Welcomes and Introduction (Professor Colin Pulham, University of Edinburgh)

10:40 - 11:10     Speed Networking

11:10 - 11:40     Keynote presentations  

11:40 - 12:30     Available Support for Public Engagement including case studies

12:30 - 13:30     Lunch and Posters in the Diamond Atrium

13:30 - 15:30     Parallel Workshops

1.      Talking to schools and young people

STEM Ambassadors, Liaising with schools, National Curricula, How to communicate effectively with young people

2.     Talking to a public adult audience

Public talks, Dialogue, Arts and performance, Festivals

3.     Science Writing

Blogs, Press releases, Features, Popular Science books

4.     Broadcast media

Radio, Podcasts, TV

15:30- 16:30 Feedback, Discussion and closing remarks (Professor Colin Pulham)

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