Have your say on public science events

A new transatlantic pilot study aims to understand what makes science events tick and how to further improve communication in the science community.

The Science Live project, funded by the Science Learning+ initiative of the Wellcome Trust, the US National Science Foundation and the UK Economic and Social Research Council, has been set up to allow the distinct professional science sector to flourish through public science events.

Live public science events are increasingly being acknowledged as distinct formats within the spectrum of science communication activity. External supporters of events, including funders and administrators, are asking for a narrative explaining the role live events play in the engagement ecosystem. Science Live is a coherent step forward in widening access to beneficial impacts of public events, understanding infrastructure around audience journeys, and uncovering ways for engaging society with science.

Part of Science Live involves a meeting at the University of Cambridge to bring together practitioners, brokers and science communication researchers. The meeting takes place during the Cambridge Science Festival and the workshop format will discuss pressing issues faced by the live science communication community and what our shared long-term goals might look like. The dates are as follows:

Thursday 12 March – 1pm-5pm: introduction to Science Live: opportunities and challenges

Friday 13 March – 10am-5pm: development of Science Live vision, survey and next steps.

For more information, and to register, visit the Science Live booking page

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