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Pre conference (Thursday 29th of Nov)

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

Thursday, November 29th, 2018, 14.00-17.00 - Room: Kete o te Wānanga

Join us at the SCANZ 2018 pre-conference drop-in and workshop space. We are taking an un-conference approach to the drop-in space to allow activities, discussions and networking to take place. We plan to have some Learn How activities and a Show and Tell networking space to enable you to catch up with friends and make new ones.

Learn How (small informal workshops/activities)

  • Learn how to improve your presentation design, with Matt Walters, where you are invited to bring along your current (or past) Powerpoint presentations and gain tips and tricks to improve the design, layout and flow.

Show and Tell

  • Bring along a recent output and share your success plus what you learnt along the way.

early registration

Colloquium on Climate Change Communication sponsored by the Deep South Challenge

Thursday, November 29th, 2018, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus

Supported by the Deep South National Science Challenge, this full day event is designed for people who regularly communicate about climate research or climate change and want to explore new frames, narratives, approaches, angles, tools or concepts. Whether you're a journalist, a researcher, a communications advisor, an activist or a policy-maker, this will be a safe space to share frustrations and opportunities with peers and to workshop new ideas related to the communication of our changing climate and its complexities.

All costs for the event are covered by the Deep South Challenge. A small amount of additional funding is available to enable participation by those who might not otherwise be able to attend.  Should you require additional support, of any kind, please indicate this in the registration.

Spaces are limited - restricted to 30 people - and will be selected based on experience and relevance rather than first come first serve.

Welcome drinks

The Arborist 6.30-10 pm


8.15-8.40 Registration

8.40-9.00 Opening and Welcome

9.00-9.50 Keynotes on Diversity

Merryn McKinnon, Dan Hikuroa + Tze Ming Mok
Chaired by Kate Hannah

9.50-10.20 Flash presentations

  • Emma Hudson-Doyle
    Communicating scientific uncertainty: ethically helpful or ethically harmful?

  • Sarah Fraser
    Gaming success and communicating science - taking the Climate Adaptation Challenge

  • Trupti Shetty          
    Using game simulation to disseminate vision research and connect with the community

  • Peter Buchanan     
    Students as science communicators and as communication recipients

10.20-10.40 Morning tea

10.40-12.30 Streams

Stream #1: Engaging Writing in the Everyday
Anne-Marie Chisnall and Kathryn Reeves
Our big projects and goals are driven by many smaller interactions every day — emails, meeting invites, and so on. Our daily writing might not seem as important as our grant applications, papers, and strategies, but how many times have you or your readers missed an all-important point in an email? Getting our everyday communication right makes achieving the big things much more likely.

The stakes are high — our colleagues and other audiences are busy, with packed inboxes, limited time, and their own projects and priorities. In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at how to be persuasive and engaging in everyday communication, such as emails. You’ll learn techniques for quickly connecting with your audience, shaping your message, and getting the responses you need.

Stream #2 research practices show and tell. In Room: Kete o te Wānanga
Calling all science communication researchers, and communicators interested in research! This will be a friendly workshop to learn about different approaches to research, as well as to develop new collaborations in research that you’d like to carry out (or for someone else to carry out!).

12.30-12.45 Open forum: pre-discussion

12.45-13.40 Lunch + AGM

 13.40-14.30 Panel: Diversity in the media

Lynda Chanwai-Earle, Kim Baker Wilson, Carmen Parahi, David Robie and Henrietta Bollinger
Join Lynda Chanwai-Earle as she talks to a panel of leading media professionals and media experts on issues issues relating to diversity, stereotypes and representation in mainstream media, including science/technology news.

14.30-15.00 Flash presentations

  • Michelle Thunders
    Dissection, DNA, Blood and Bugs; no holding back with primary school science teaching accessible to all.

  • Sara Filoche
    Partnerships and spaces: Pūtaiao and science

  • Deirdra Mcmenamin   
    Plastic bag free whanganui inside out bags 

  • Victoria Metcalf      
    Building community and connections through science

 15.00-15.20 Afternoon tea

15.20-17.00 Open forum and break out groups

What would you most like to discuss with other SCANZ members?

We want to have open discussions about what we, as a community, care about. To do this, we’d like to hear from you about the topics you’d like to discuss. We’ll facilitate the initial discussion before breaking into groups based on topics we want to discuss.

  • Anyone and everyone can suggest topics for discussion.

  • If you post a topic, you must be willing to turn up to that session to introduce your topic or discussion question.

  • No advance preparation is required -- sessions are informal and collaborative. Bring your experience and uncertainties to share.

  • The law of two feet -- everyone is encouraged to move freely between sessions at any point once they are underway.

  • If you get a great idea on the day of event, we can add more sessions. Check the whiteboard in main room (or the conference hashtag) for the latest version of the agenda.

  • Two golden rules make for great sessions: 1) Try to keep the conversation moving, progressing and evolving; 2) Ensure everyone gets a chance to speak

  • We encourage groups to take notes to share if appropriate. This can take many forms: sketch notes, whiteboard, an online summary.

Please let us know what you’d like to discuss here.

 17.00-17.10 Close


18:30 at The Bresolin