Theme lead: Terry O'Connor, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Parallel Session 8: Wednesday 10 April 14:45 - 16:00
Research facilities exist for research, right? So the natural focus of management, staff and users is on maximising research outcomes, ensuring efficient operation, and delivering to users’ requirements. Communications and outreach can often receive a lower priority within facilities.
In fact embedding a culture where communications and outreach are valued and integrated supports these aims, and in addition can help recruit staff, inform users and staff of facility activities, demonstrate facility impact to funding agencies, promote the facility to potential users, and inform the public and key stakeholders of the role facilities play in advancing science.
How can the communications and outreach teams in a facility ensure an appropriate level of support, staff and money for their activities? Under this theme we want to explore the experience of communications and outreach teams from a range of facilities, using case studies from participants of what both works and doesn’t. The goal is to produce a helpful checklist for communications and outreach teams anywhere.