WORKSHOPS

Pre-conference event: Workshops for early-career researchers and practitioners

PCST Network is delighted to announce four workshops for early-career researchers and practitioners as part of the programme for PCST 2016 conference.

The workshops will take place on Monday 25 April 2016, the day before the conference formally starts. They are open, free of charge, to participants who have registered for the conference. There is limited places available in these workshops, so make sure you claim your place soon, as explained below.

Workshop 4: Evaluation of science communication – Prof Eric Jensen (University of Warwick, UK)

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Date/Time: Monday, April 25: 10:00 to 12:00

 

eric_jensenProf Eric Jensen (University of Warwick, UK) is an author and trainer on the subject.  His latest book to be published next month is Doing Real Research a practical guide to social research (SAGE). These are some open-access papers Eric has written recently about science communication evaluation: http://jcom.sissa.it/author/eric-jensen

Dr Eric Jensen, Fellow Higher Education Academy

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

http://warwick.academia.edu/EricJensen

Recent books: 

– The Therapeutic Cloning Debate: Global Science and Journalism in the Public Sphere (forthcoming April 2014) – http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472403803
– Culture & Social Change: Transforming Society through the Power of Ideas – http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Culture-and-Social-Change

Upcoming Books:

– From Conservation Education to Public Engagement: Research, Principles and Practice (Cambridge University Press)
– Making the Most of Public Engagement Events: Research, Principles and Practice (Cambridge University Press)
– Doing Real Research (SAGE)

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Workshop  # 1: Science communication research

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Date/Time: Monday, April 25: 9:00 to 12:00

Workshop  # 1 is targeted at those who are doing PhD research in science communication or who have an interest in starting research in this field.

In this workshop we will review the current state of PhD research in science communication with Maarten van der Sanden (Netherlands) and Brian Trench (Ireland; PCST Network President), who have facilitated such workshops also at the 2012 and 2014 PCST conferences. Prof Massimiano Bucchi (Italy; PCST Science Committee) will lead a session on ‘Researching Scientists’ Public Communication’, looking at the variety of attitudes and incentives across scientific communities.

Maarten van der Sanden Brian Trench Massimiano Bucchi

Workshop  # 2: Science communication practice

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Date/Time: Monday, April 25: 13:15 to 16:15pm

Workshop  # 2 is aimed at those who have recently started in professional practice, such as explainers in science museums or public communication on behalf of universities and research institutes.

There are two parts to this afternoon workshop: Paola Rodari (Italy) will review ‘Current Practices and Challenges in Science Museums and Centres’ – Paola has delivered many training courses in this area; later, Prof Rick Holliman (UK) will present an interactive session on ‘Supporting Researchers in Public Engagement’ – Rick is Professor of Engaged Research at the Open University.

Paola Rodari Rick Holliman 

Workshop  # 3: The Role of Science Communication in promoting Responsible Research and Innovation

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Date/Time: Monday, April 25: 13:15 to 17:15
The workshop organisers: Rosina Malagrida & Steve Miller
Sponsored by:  The RRI Tools project – www.rri-tools.eu
Possible participants: This workshop is suitable for all participants.

The workshop is open, free of charge, to all PCST participants who have registered for the conference. There are maximum 30 places in this workshop, so make sure you claim your place now.

Workshop  # 3: The Role of Science Communication in promoting Responsible Research and Innovation

Science communication professionals now face many more demands on their skills than the straightforward ability to explain research clearly to lay audiences, policy makers and other stakeholders. In the European Union, in particular, funders are demanding that research is undertaken in a way that is socially responsible. Businesses are under increasing pressure to ensure that what they do and how they innovate is in line with the highest ethical standards. The notion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – now a key component of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme – brings together many societally important agendas, and places demands on many stakeholder groups to be involved and to be sensitive to each other’s requirements. This new paradigm calls science communication professional to collaborate with different stakeholders all through the research and innovation process, to evolve from public engagement to a publicly engaged R&I.

This workshop will explain what RRI is all about and deliver training exercises that highlight the key role that science communication and public engagement have to play in delivering it.

The workshop organisers: 

Rosina Malagrida, head of the Unit on Public Engagement on Health Research at IrsiCaixa in Barcelona, where she coordinates the European educational portal Xplore Health & Leading member of the RRI Tools project.

Steve Miller, Professor of Science Communication and Planetary Science at University College London & Leading member of the RRI Tools project.