Apr
9
to Apr 12

Science Communication Research Retreat: Writing, Thinking & Collaborating

As many of you are aware, next April the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2018) is bringing scholars and practitioners of science communication and public engagement to New Zealand from all around the world.

We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us the following week to decompress, expand your ideas, and build deeper connections with other colleagues in this field. This event is open to anyone - including Science Technology and Society (STS) and other public engagement scholars and practitioners who are not intending on joining the PCST conference.

The retreat will take place from the evening of Monday, April 9th, until lunch on Thursday, April 12th, at the beautiful Waihoanga Centre, about an hour north of Wellington. While we hope that participants will join for the whole time, we also understand that you might have other commitments -- so you're welcome to come for just part of the time as well.

The cost of the retreat will be approximately NZ$380 per person, which will include all meals and accommodation. We require 15 confirmed participants to go ahead, and will cap numbers at 30.

If you're interested in joining this event, please register your interest (even if you can't make a full commitment at this stage) at:

https://goo.gl/forms/k8f9jeYfcnEM7AO32
 

Please register your interest no later than December 15th (ideally before). We will confirm if we have sufficient numbers to proceed by December 18th so that you can book your travel with confidence.

We hope to see you there.

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Crisis Communication Workshop

Knowing how to manage a crisis has never been more important for SCANZ members. The Fonterra botulism scare and 1080 contamination threat are two recent examples of high profile incidents, not to mention weather and earthquake events.  

If the worst were to happen to you and your organisation, this workshop will give you invaluable tips to lift your game, and will cover how to:

  • Identify risks and potential crisis scenarios
  • Establish effective communication processes from the start
  • Actively involve important stakeholders
  • Allow for community input where needed
  • Create crisis plans that work
  • Prepare crisis resources
  • Practice your plan and rehearse roles

Workshop participants will test their skills in groups, preparing communications responses in a hypothetical crisis scenario.   

The workshop will be run by Brian Small and Simone Keough of BRG Ltd (www.brg.co.nz).

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Brian Small

Brian Small

Brian first became involved in crisis communications over 20 years ago. An early assignment was to advise a DHB whose sole pathologist had misdiagnosed 50 cancer patients; he then worked with the Department of Conservation after the Cave Creek disaster and was also a member of the Esso communication team after the Longford Gas explosion in Victoria, Australia. Since then he’s helped manage airline incidents, foot and mouth outbreak scares, food and other product recalls and major oil spills. In 2010 he was part of the Pike River disaster communications team, and in 2010 and 2011 was heavily involved in the Canterbury earthquake responses.  He has helped many organisations prepare and test crisis response plans. These have included ultra-high level lab facilities, major international events and iconic tourist destinations.

Simone Keough

Simone Keough

Simone’s crisis management experience began while working for the Canadian Government’s equivalent of our Environmental Protection Authority in the mid-90s. It included a 170,000 litre crude oil spill in a lucrative fishing area that was also home to thousands of seabirds.  Another incident was more of ‘a slow burner’.  NASA decided it would launch a military satellite whose solid rocket booster would land in the middle of a Canadian offshore oil field, peppered with oil platforms and of course rig workers. (If you come to the workshop, Simone will tell you what happened in the end). Since emigrating to New Zealand over a decade ago, she’s helped manage many incidents as well as prepare and test numerous crisis plans for various organisations.

 

This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at scicomnz@gmail.com.

  • $60 each for conference delegates
  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)
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Nov
30
2:00 PM14:00

Bid Writing Workshop with George Slim

Writing a successful funding bid is an exercise in science communication, not form filling. With success rates for many funds below 10% why waste time boring, confusing or worse, irritating your funding panel? Engage with them.

This workshop will look at how we can decide what the funder is after, why the system behaves the way it does, and how we can develop strategies so our proposal will show the funder that they can trust us with their money.

George has been involved in bid writing from one side or the other for more than the last 20 years and has a track record of success, and learning from failure, with MBIE (and legacy organizations) HRC, Marsden, international and commercial proposals.

He has worked across the system in academia, CRIs, government funding agencies and now the private sector. He has written proposals for his own research, developed government funding policy and most recently help a broad range of organizations and researchers develop bids. George has sat on numerous panels evaluating research proposals for government agencies, research organizations and private sector groups.

Writing a good proposal isn’t rocket science. It can be fun or at the very least helpful in setting your own research strategy.

Learn to stop worrying and love bid writing.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

George Slim

George Slim

George obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Otago in 1986. After 6 years post-docing in the United Kingdom, at the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory for Molecular Biology, he returned to New Zealand as a researcher at Industrial Research Ltd. There he wound up leading a large group working in bioactive natural products. Wanting to make further use of the commercialization skills developed at IRL he moved to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in 2002 and then in 2004 he moved further to the grey side with the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST) working on science funding policy.

Since 2010 George has been a consultant with Rhadegund Life Sciences ltd (www.rls.co.nz) working with a broad range of clients to provide access to science knowledge, assist with funding sources and consulting on policy and strategy in the management of research and intellectual property.

 

This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at scicomnz@gmail.com.

  • $60 each for conference delegates
  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)
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SCANZ 2015 Conference
Nov
30
to Dec 1

SCANZ 2015 Conference

SCANZ 2015 conference - New Zealand's only dedicated science communication eventA unique opportunity to meet a wide range of scientists, academics, researchers, media, health, technology and communication professionals.

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Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Putting People Back into Science: A Science Storytelling Workshop with Elizabeth Connor

Note: This Workshop is full.

“Storytelling is as old as humanity itself. And in a modern world saturated with electronic media, nothing resonates quite so much as the personal narrative of a storyteller. In science, this narrative has a special role, because what we do so often seems mysterious to those outside our profession.  Story telling in science, whether of science valour or science beauty, provides a very human window into our world. Telling stories, simply and clearly, is the means by which we connect science with humanity.”

I learnt about the importance of storytelling in science from my mentor, the great scientist and storyteller Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (quoted above). Humans have been telling stories since the African grasslands and they are still the most effective way of conveying information and capturing an audience.

In essence storytelling is about creating a personal connection with your audience.  To achieve this you need to get through the jargon, bureaucracy and ‘official’ language to find out what people really care about – the authentic story.

For the past decade, storytelling has been at the heart of my science communication practice the key to the success of many projects. I have used storytelling to gain support and funding for supercomputing infrastructure in NZ, to draw together communities, to build trust around new initiatives such as STEM education, to connect science with industry, to engage new audiences through Magnificent Science Variety Shows and to train scientists to communicate their cutting edge research to any audience.

For the first time ever, in this new science storytelling workshop, I will share the techniques and insights I have gathered. We will start by examining the relationship between science and storytelling. Then through a series of practical exercises we will explore interview and storytelling techniques to uncover, craft and communicate authentic science stories.

Improve your ability to:

  • Captivate your audience
  • Generate support for new ideas, research or initiatives
  • Build team culture
  • Get funding
  • Uncover, craft and tell authentic science stories
  • Interview scientists
  • Find purpose, passion and inspiration

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth Connor is the inaugural winner of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize and founder of the KinShip, an expanding community of professionals who work together to help scientists communicate and communities connect with the wonder of science.

When Elizabeth was fourteen she had a dream of starting a renaissance that would start in Wellington, New Zealand and spread around the world reuniting science, spirituality and the arts and reconciling conflicts. Now, almost twenty years later, her plan is roughly the same.

Over the last decade her projects have included training workshops and storytelling competitions for scientists, STEM education initiatives, podcasts, publications and Magnificent Science Variety shows combining science with dance, theatre and music.

Her clients include Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Council, The MacDiarmid Institute, The Rotary Club of Wellington, Victoria University, Science Communication Association New Zealand and The Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser.

She has a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College in London and an Honours degree in Physics and Maths from Victoria University of Wellington. 

elizabeth@thekinship.co.nz

 

This workshop is an add-on to the 2015 SCANZ Conference.

Separately bookable half day workshops: bid writing, story telling, crisis management.

Times may vary slightly. Please register your interest at scicomnz@gmail.com.

  • $60 each for conference delegates

  • $100 each casual rate (not attending conference)
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Presentation skills workshop
Aug
27
9:00 AM09:00

Presentation skills workshop

Presentation Skills—getting from ‘Oh no!’ to ‘that went well’.

Venue: Write Limited, Level 7, AMI Plaza, 342 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm, with morning tea provided.

Register with Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/presentation-skills-getting-from-oh-no-to-that-went-well-tickets-18128905043 

Every science communicator needs to be able to present their work to different audiences. It has been said that communicating the science is as important as doing the science. When you present, you want to be able to get across your key points in a clear, compelling way. And you want to leave your audience not only understanding you, but wanting more.

This 3-hour workshop will cover the basics of how to present effectively, in a practical way. You’ll learn: 

·         how to open and close your presentation powerfully

·         how to simplify your information and messages

·         how much material to include—and leave out

·         how to keep the audience engaged

·         how to overcome your nervousness. 

The workshop will suit any science communicator who makes presentations. It will useful for those of you who are inexperienced, but see presentations looming in the future, as well as those who are experienced but want to improve.

Tutor: Diana Burns. Diana is an experienced writer, broadcaster and communications specialist. She has written and delivered many presentations, and teaches presentation as part of her work as a Plain English specialist at Write.

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Smashed: The Human Brain on Booze
Mar
21
to Mar 22

Smashed: The Human Brain on Booze

  • Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What does alcohol do to your brain? To infant brains? And what do we think of our nation’s drinking habits?

Come and join Associate Professor Christine Jasoni, Associate Professor Jesse Bering, Dr Ruth Napper and Dr Paul Trotman to discuss the effects of alcohol on the brain and how we communicate this outside the lab.

COST: FREE

Smashed wraps up Brain Awareness week and marks the launch of the Dunedin branch of the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand.


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Writing For Science Workshop With Dave Armstrong
Mar
20
2:00 AM02:00

Writing For Science Workshop With Dave Armstrong

Join award-winning writer Dave Armstrong for a two-hour session that will help you hone your writing style and refresh your approach to your work. In this SCANZ workshop you will learn:

-Techniques that will improve your delivery of important information
-How to engage your audience.

Science New Zealand, 86 Lambton Quay Wellington

SCANZ members $60 + gst
Non members$90 + gst
RSVP to scanz2011@gmail.com

About The Presenter

Dave has run the popular Writing for Science class at Victoria University in Wellington for the last five years and is a Dominion Post columnist and a playwright. He won the fiction category of the 2008 Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and was a judge for the same prize in 2010. Dave has worked as a museum consultant and writer for a number of science-based exhibitions with topics including earthquakes, light, poisonous creatures, oceans, navigation, geography, mining and sustainability, thermal energy and sunlight. He has written for educational science publications, and for the children's TV science show Q. He co-wrote, with Dr Hamish Campbell, an episode about mass extinctions for the Radio NZ science series In the Goldilocks Zone.

Dave has written extensively for stage and stage. He has won Best New New Zealand Play three times at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for The Tutor, Niu Sila andwhere we once belonged (with Sia Figiel). Dave’s other plays include Kings of the GymThe Motor CampThe TutorLe Sud, Kia Ora Khalid, Rita and Douglas, and Magnolia Street. Dave’s television credits include Hope and WireBillySpies and Lies, and Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby.

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Figure It Out – Adding Impact To Your publications And Presentations
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Figure It Out – Adding Impact To Your publications And Presentations

Scientific graphics can be a powerful tool to convey your data and ideas, but getting them right can be tricky. This workshop will help you learn tips and tricks on how to design better figures for scientific publications and presentations.

You are invited to bring along your own troublesome figures to the workshop and get feedback on ways to improve them and make them journal/presentation ready.

Workshop presented by Matt Walters, the science communication guy for Biological Sciences at UC.

Upstairs at the Staff Club, University of Canterbury

SCANZ members $10 + gst
Non members $20 + gst
RSVP to scanz2011@gmail.com

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Bid Writing Workshop
Dec
12
3:00 AM03:00

Bid Writing Workshop

In this workshop you will:

  • Gain insights into what funders are looking for
  • Learn how to structure your proposal for maximum impact
  • Target appropriate funding sources for your project
  • Work on your own application or a provided scenario

Suitable for research and communications staff

Writing funding proposals over the summer? Come to the SCANZ Bid Writing Workshop with George Slim and see if we can make it simpler for you. George has been involved in bid writing from one side or the other for more than 20 years and has a track record of success with MBIE - and legacy organizations, HRC, Marsden and commercial proposals. He has worked across the system in academia, CRIs, government funding agencies and the private sector. George has written proposals for his own research, developed government funding policy and most recently helped a broad range of organizations and researchers develop bids. He has sat on numerous panels evaluating research proposals for government agencies, research organizations and private sector groups.

From this broad range of experience George has developed a clear understanding of what funders like to see and will help put you in their shoes so you can give them what they want. It’s mostly straightforward so let him help you decode the 300 page ‘Advice to Applicants’

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