London Calling – Forum for Science Communication



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The UK is considered to be a role model for public engagement and dialogue between scientists, society, the media and politicians. Prominent British experts shared their experiences at the Forum for Science Communication on Wednesday afternoon 15 April and you can watch their presentations below.

Speakers included Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution, Fiona Fox, Chief Executive, Science Media Centre, Dr Paul Manners, Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, Dr Chris Tyler, Director, Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology and Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister for higher education and research.

The Forum gathered close to 400 science communicators and was part of the International Science Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Paul Manners, Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Opening up Research: a quiet revolution
Paul Manners will explore attempts to change the culture of research – to value public engagement, not just publication for one’s academic peers; new approaches to assessing the social impact of research; attempts to build ethical and social considerations into the setting of research agendas and new models of career development for researchers.

Fiona Fox, Chief Executive, Science Media Centre
Science and the Media – the view from the front line
The main remit of the Science Media Centre is to help restore public trust in science by persuading more scientists to engage more effectively with the big controversial science stories that hit the headlines.

Chris Tyler, Director of the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, POST
Science in the UK Parliament

Most MP:s do not have a scientific or technological background but science and technology issues are increasingly integral to public policy. By writing briefings, organising events and assisting Select Committees, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology have supported British parliamentarians in their decision-making since 1989.

Dr Gail Cardew, Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution
What no cat videos? A science communication guide to working on YouTube
As YouTube turns ten this year, it is perhaps a good opportunity to take a look at how the science communication community has (or has not) embraced online video as a means of communicating science. With over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, it has been hailed as a great example of democratisation, but also derided for its triviality. So, what makes a good science video? And, apart from numbers of views, how would you know?

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, will also speak at the event.

The forum is organised by the Science Festival in cooperation with Formas, Forte, Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA, KK-stiftelsen, Mistra, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and VA (Public & Science).

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