Standing up for Science media workshops

Sense About Science’s Standing up for Science media workshops encourage early career researchers to get their voices heard in public debates about the sciences, engineering and medicine. Workshops are aimed at PhD students, postdocs or equivalent in a first job.

Date: 26th November 2013
Time: 10:30am-5:00pm
Venue: Glasgow University

To apply for a place, please send a CV and short cover letter to Victoria Murphy, Sense About Science by 14th November 2013 (vmurphy@senseaboutscience.org). The Newcastle University Engagement Team will cover costs for transport and one nights’ accommodation for any successful applicants (Please contact rose.wu@ncl.ac.uk).

The workshops address concerns about speaking to the public and confront misconceptions about how the media works, and consist of three sessions:
• 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!

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