Science in the Post-Truth Era - how can we still be heard?

Date & time: 9.30am–12.30pm 6 May 2017, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: CBR Innovation Network Level 5 1 Moore St Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Cost: $157 per person

In the post-truth era of today, it is critical for scientists to have the confidence and know-how to come forward and have their message heard. This is not a simple feat. With influences such as social media ‘echo-chambers’ and the availability of ‘Dr Google’, the public’s desire to seek expert advice has diminished. Now more than ever, it is important for scientists to be able to overcome these barriers to communicate with the general public.

In this workshop, we will touch on contemporary science communication theory through the use of practical examples and demonstrations. Further discussion will focus on informal presentation techniques appropriate for events such as the upcoming Pint of Science festival. Personalised feedback and tips will also be provided throughout the session, along with a compiled list of resources and further learning opportunities.

This workshop is appropriate for Masters/PhD students through to tenured academics and working professionals. Each participant will leave this CBRIN and Inspiring Australia ACT supported event with:

  1. an increased capability in translating research into layman language,
  2. an increased awareness of science communication principles and of resources available to assist with communication,
  3. an increased confidence in public presentation skills, and
  4. personalised feedback on their presentation style and tips on how to adapt or improve for various audiences.

Whether you are attending the next Science-meets-Parliament, presenting at a conference or teaching undergrads, or simply want to impress your in-laws, all scientists will benefit from critically analysing their communication style during this three-hour workshop.

Refreshments will be provided (please inform us of any specific dietary requirements).