RiAus Host Contentious Science Media Workshop at #BigSci13

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A pre Summit workshop design to explore the importance of planning and how to handle the contentious science issues is being hosted in conjunction with RiAus and National Enabling Technologies Strategy.

This workshop is open for anyone to attend, you don’t have to be a participant at the Big Science Communication Summit to take part in this workshop.

Time 1:00-4:30pm, Wednesday 5th June
Details Pre-event workshop for The Summit
Venue The Alumni Rooms UNSW: (workshop capacity 60)

Synopsis: Dealing with the media can be a challenge. This is especially so if the science involved is of a contentious nature. This session has been specifically designed to assist science professionals (in research, communications or policy) to understand the media process and how to construct clear, consistent messages from plan to print. RiAus, in association with the AusSMC and the resources of Science Media Savvy, have developed a three hour workshop that will show you how to think through the planning of your own communications strategy and avoid the pitfalls of poorly planned messages.

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Paul Willis – Director of RiAus
Dr Willis is a respected leader in the science community, and takes up his appointment at RiAus as the next step in an impressive career in science. In his role as Director of RiAus, he is instrumental in determining the direction of the national science hub as it continues its mission of bringing science to people and people to science. “I’ve always had a passion for science communication,” Dr Willis said. ”I look forward to working with RiAus to share the latest in science with new audiences.”

Lyndal Byford – Media Manager, AusSMC
After completing an Honours degree in Biotechnology, Lyndal joined the Shell Questacon Science Circus and promoted science throughout regional Australia. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication and went on to work at a range of science museums and as a specialist representative within the pharmaceutical industry. Moving to the UK in 2005, Lyndal co-ordinated the education programs at the Grant Museum of Zoology before joining the UK Science Media Centre as engineering press officer in 2006.


View The RiAus Contentious Science Media Workshop in a larger map

Our handy map will help you find the RiAus workshops no matter how you travel. Block G19 – John Niland Scienta is the building hosting the event. The workshops are being held at the Alumni rooms inside John Niland Scienta building on the UNSW campus.


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