Science Communication Conference

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About the Conference:

When and where is the Science Communication Conference in 2015?
The 2015 Science Communication Conference will take place on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Who organises the Conference?
The Science Communication Conference is organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

Who attends the Conference?
We welcome anyone who works in or has an interest in public engagement with science. That includes people who work in all sectors, as well as freelancers and small consultancies. The Conference will include sessions for all levels of experience, from seasoned pros to those new to the sector.

What is the Conference for?
The Conference aims to:

  • Address key issues facing all people doing and researching science communication, policy and public engagement
  • Link together this diverse group, to share new ideas and move the sector forward
  • Help the community to find inspiration and connections from culture throughout the UK.

Proposing a session

How do I propose a session?
Use our online form to suggest a session by 9th January 2015. If you'd like to discuss your idea before submitting a form, get in touch with Anna Perman.

What are the suggested topics?
We welcome proposals on any issues that you think are important for the science communication and public engagement community. Your session could look to the future of communications, and science’s role in culture and society, or it could address one of our key topics for 2015: 

  • Communicating through play - How are communicators using interactive play and games to get scientific concepts across in a more engaging and accessible way, and what challenges does this raise?
  • Science communication for the public good? - Is it enough to just look for public engagement with scientific concepts, or can science communication be used to promote public good?
  • Crowd-sourcing - whether through getting participants to contribute content, or funding, how can we use crowd-sourcing to take public engagement to the next level?
  • Telling stories with complex science and big data - modern science is increasingly about dealing with huge amounts of data - what tools can communicators use to make sense of it?

How long should the sessions be?
Sessions are usually around an hour, but if you need more or less time, let us know in your proposal form.

What do organisers need to do?
Organisers will need to get speakers on board, brief them,  and confirm their details with us by mid-March. A chair for the session will be assigned to the session and organisers will need to brief them on the session.

What will I get to help organise a session?
We'll provide help and support on organising the session. We'll also give you two free one-day tickets for the day of your session - it's up to you whether you would like to use these for yourself or your speakers.

Attending the Conference:

How do I book?
Bookings for the 2015 Conference will open in early 2015.

How much does registration for the conference cost?
The delegate fees for 2014 were £100 for a one-day pass (either day) and £185 for a two-day pass. Delegates will be able to purchase single day tickets as well as a full, two-day delegate pass.

Can I get a discount?
For the 2015 Conference, we hope to offer early-bird discounts, and discounts for specific groups. In 2014, we offered discounted rates for the following groups:

  • Unemployed: one-day = £70, two-day = £125
  • Undergraduate students: one-day = £70, two-day = £125
  • British Science Association volunteers: one-day = £70, two-day = £125
  • Freelancers: one-day = £90, two-day = £165

How should I pay for the conference?
All payment is online by credit/debit card through Eventbrite. We are unable to accept cash or cheques. You will receive a booking confirmation, receipt and ticket via email.

Are bursaries available for the Science Communication Conference?
In 2015, we hope to be able to offer bursaries to help specific individuals attend the Conference that wouldn't otherwise be able to come. Bursaries were awarded in the following categories:

  • BSc or MSc Science Communication students (UK Full/Part time course for 2013/2014)
  • Freelancers and individuals from non-profit organisations with less than 15 staff
  • Researchers involved in public engagement
  • Volunteers who have made a substantial and regular contribution to science communication initiatives over a considerable period of time

What socialising opportunities are there at the Conference?
In 2015, we hope to offer a range of evening events for you to meet other delegates, network and unwind after a busy day at the Conference.