Science communication workshop, Fiji: Call for applications

Applications are invited from science researchers in the Pacific region to participate in a three-day skill-building workshop on science communication at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Suva, Fiji, from June 6 – 8 2012.

The workshop will help participants to build the basic skills in communicating with non-specialists that are required in a wide range of situations, from making grant applications to delivering public presentations and interacting with policymakers and the media.

The workshop is being organised jointly by SciDev.Net (the Science and Development Network) and USP, with financial support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

It will focus on issues such as the use of appropriate language, the need to fit your message to your audience, and how to structure different types of writing and presentations.

The sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Why communicate science?
  • The basics of communicating science to non-scientists
  • Writing project proposals and reports
  • Presenting in public
  • Working with journalists and the media
  • Writing for the web
  • Using social media
  • Interacting with policymakers

The programme will include practical sessions and opportunities for individual feedback. The event will take place at USP’s main campus.

Fifteen places are available at the workshop, for which all transportation and accommodation costs for participants will be covered by SciDev.Net through a grant from AusAID.

Click here for application form [46KB]

Please note that this workshop is restricted to scientists living or working in the Pacific region

Key objectives: The workshop will provide practical tips on how to communicate more effectively, and guidance on appropriate ways to respond in situations in which communication skills are required (for example, in interacting with policy makers or being interviewed by a journalist).

Registration details: Those interested in participating in this workshop should complete the attached application form and return it to workshops@scidev.net.

The closing date for applications is: 20 April 2012.

Contact Details: editor@scidev.net

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