Standing up for Science Media Workshop – 27 March 2015, 10:30am – 5pm University of Manchester, University Place 6.207 (Apply by 13 March)
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? Then the Standing up for Science media workshop is for you.
Who is this for? This free one day event is open to early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).
What is covered? This one day workshop will explore the following areas:
Science in the media: What happens when research announcements go wrong; statistics are manipulated; risk factors are distorted; or discussions become polarised?
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?
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!
How to apply: Our workshops are very popular and there are only 40 places available. Please send your CV and short cover letter to Joanne (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 13 March 2015.
Note: Be sure to indicate in your cover letter that you are a researcher from the University of Manchester, as we a hosting this event we have been allocated a number of priority places.
Read a workshop review from some of our researchers who took part in previous sessions:
- Samantha Winkler: www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/blog/?p=1521 and
- Louise Walker: www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/blog/?p=774