Conference 2018


SCANZ 2018:
Diversity and community.

Wellington, 30th November 2018

Earlybird registration now open via Eventbrite.

We’re very excited about this year’s SCANZ conference on the theme: Diversity and community

We want to see and hear about the diversity of science communication activities and science communication research being carried out in NZ; about the diversity of scientists and communicators engaging the community in NZ; and about the role of diverse communities in communicating science.

SCANZ 2018 is a place to share our knowledge and experience about this, and importantly, it’s also a place for us to build a better sense of community and a more diverse community. With this in mind, this year, we’ll have a one-day, networking and community building focused conference. And we’re aiming for more discussion and less formal talking so don’t feel pressured to present. In fact, we’d rather have as few presentations as possible so we can have more time for discussions and workshops. We’d still obviously welcome some presentations for any of the three reasons below:

  1. you’re so excited you’ve just got to share what you found
  2. you won’t be able to come/get funding unless you present
  3. your talk will be an amazing conversation starter

All presentations will be flash-presentations 3-5 mins each. Submissions closed July 13th, 2018.

Programme overview

Thursday 29th of Nov, 2-5 PM

Pre conference workshop

Slide design workshop and drop-in workspace with Matt Walters.

 Welcome drinks

5.30-7.30 PM Details to follow

Friday 30th of Nov


8:45-17:15 at the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Diversity and community


  • Keynotes on diversity
  • Panel discussion on diversity in the media
  • Workshop on engaging writing for the everyday
  • Open forum
  • Talks and posters from practitioners and researchers

Programme coming soon.


18.30-late Details to follow

First Keynote Speaker announced

Dr Merryn McKinnon started out as a marine scientist, but she soon realised that talking to people about her science could do a lot more for conservation than her project would. She moved to science communication and has stayed there ever since. Merryn has slimed presidents, made children laugh and created programs and events to change ideas, inspire interest in science and to support pursuit of science careers.

She is now a lecturer and researcher in science communication at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University. Her teaching and research focuses on helping the scientists, public health workers and policy makers of tomorrow to communicate clearly and with influence, and identifying ways of creating meaningful public engagement. 

Merryn’s research explores perceptions of science, and of those communicating their science. Diversity of disciplines and ideas is important in a society, but only if they are given equal visibility and voice. Her work aims to contribute tangible mechanisms to allow that diversity to flourish. 
Merryn believes that communication is an essential part of the scientific process and can create change which benefits us all.